SAVE Britain’s Heritage present a talk and concert to demonstrate how new life can be breathed into St Mary Le Strand.
St Mary le Strand was built in 1714-17 to the designs of the great James Gibbs – his first building on his return from studying in Rome. For years the church, with its glorious intact early 18th-century interior, has stood forlorn and isolated on a traffic island.
These concerts feature a small ensemble of singers handpicked from Tenebrae. The ensemble is composed of 6 young professional singers, some of whom are enrolled on to Tenebrae’s esteemed Associate Artists scheme.
They present a wide-ranging celebration of choral settings that encompass the richest of styles, scorings and moods. The seemingly unlimited inventiveness of the musical arrangers leaves no vocal trick uncovered featuring contemporary choral composers (Judith Weir and Owain Park), World Folk Songs (‘En la macarenita’ and ‘Viens par le pré’) alongside covers from the Great American Song Book (‘My Funny Valentine’). Enter this world of choral song in all its guises, and be enchanted.
6.00pm: Doors open and drinks served
6.30pm: Welcome and speeches
6.45pm: Concert begins
The Sacred Sphere
Judith Weir: Drop down ye heavens
Johann Eccard: Maria wallt zum Heiligtum
Thomas Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David
Charles Villiers Stanford: Beati quorum via
Joanna Marsh: Evergreen
Johannes Brahms: Nachtwache No. 1
John Farmer: Fair nymphs, I heard one telling
Owain Park: When love speaks
Bob Chilcott: Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars
World Folk Songs
Trad. arr. Bob Chilcott: Viens par le pré
Trad. arr. Bob Chilcott: En la macarenita
Trad. arr. Bob Chilcott: Aka-Tonbo
Songs from The Beatles
Lennon/McCartney arr. Paul Hart: Honey Pie
Lennon/McCartney arr. Daryl Runswick: Blackbird
Lennon/McCartney arr. Paul Hart: When I’m Sixty-Four
Great American Songbook
Jerome Kern arr. Bob Chilcott: Go Little Boat Randy Newman arr. Chilcott: Texas Girl
Rogers/Hart arr. Owain Park: My Funny Valentine