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St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church
Holborn Viaduct
City of London



William HarrisFaire is the Heaven
Robert Schumann4 Doppelchörige Gesänge, Op.141
Johannes BrahmsFest- und Gedenksprüche, Op.109
~ Interval ~
Charles Hubert Hastings ParrySongs of Farewell


Andrew Griffiths – Conductor


Programme Note

For the closing concert of its 2014-15 season, Londinium performs Hubert Parry's masterpiece and swansong, the glorious Songs of Farewell. Written during the First World War, as Parry's world crumbled around him, these achingly beautiful settings of the metaphysical poets rate amongst the finest of all English choral music. Parry's great love of German culture no doubt made the conflict all the more painful for him; the influence of Brahms in particular shines through his music, and we perform the older composer's virtuosic Fest- und Gedenksprüche alongside the Parry. Brahms' great friend and early mentor and advocate was Robert Schumann, whose exquisitely subtle Vier doppelchörige Gesänge share the same antiphonal scoring as Brahms' work. Our programme is completed by another double-choir motet, in many ways a direct descendant of Parry's Songs of Farewell: William Harris' ravishing setting of Spenser, Faire is the Heaven.


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