Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Stone Nest - Chinatown
136 Shaftesbury Avenue


Benjamin BrittenHymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
Leonard BernsteinWest Side Story: 'Somewhere' (arr. Robert Edgerton)
Kate RusbyUnderneath the Stars (arr. J Clements)
Stephen PaulusSouthern Harmony 1835: The Road Home
Frank BridgeMusic, when soft voices die
Gerald FinziMy Spirit Sang all Day, Op.17 no.3
Owain ParkShakespeare Love Songs
Eric WhitacreThis Marriage
Judith WeirLove Bade Me Welcome
Ola GjeiloNorthern Lights
Cecilia McDowallLove's Philosophy
William WaltonSet me as a seal


Ben Horden – Conductor

The Fourth Choir

Programme Note

For its Pride Concert this year, The Fourth Choir is celebrating that endlessly fascinating subject, LOVE!

What is love? Well, come and hear what Kate Rusby and Michel LeGrand have to say on the subject. Shakespeare and Shelley also have some thoughts they want to share with you, as well as Leonard Bernstein and Robbie Burns, Cecilia McDowall and Judith Weir. The concert will also feature a performance of The Hymn to St Cecilia, an astonishing twelve-minute masterpiece by those queer geniuses, Benjamin Britten and WH Auden, which asks whether love should be chaste or sexual - St Cecilia or Aphrodite.

The Fourth Choir is thrilled to be performing at ​Stone Nest, scene of the Limelight, London’s most hedonistic nightclub in the 1980s. We can just feel the aura of Boy George, Bob Geldof, George Michael and the international glitterati who used to hang out there. And because we’re performing in the heart of the West End, we’ll be celebrating music theatre with wonderful choral arrangements of pieces from Rent and West Side Story.

Photo of The Fourth Choir by Kathleen Holman

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