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Holst Singers – Songs of Farewell

Add to my Calendar 23-11-2016 19:30 23-11-2016 21:30 36 Holst Singers – Songs of Farewell Hubert Parry’s moving set of six pieces, composed towards the end of his life, has long been regarded as one of the choral masterworks of the twentieth century. These Songs of Farewell form the centrepiece of an evening of reflective and contemplative music as the Holst Singers and Stephen Layton return to the beautiful medieval Temple Church. The choir, which has received outstanding reviews for previous Temple Church concerts (see below), will lead a journey from sorrow and repose from 19th-century Germany, through the Songs of Farewell, and concluding with a sense of divine hope in William Harris’ sublime Bring us, O Lord God. The Holst Singers’ unique rich tone and depth of sound, combined with the atmospheric beauty and perfect acoustic of The Temple Church, promise to make this a very special evening and a highlight in London’s choral calendar. “The hushed sense of awe was simply beautiful… the range of dynamics and vocal colour was impressive… the choir achieved a mystical atmosphere.” *****Emily Owen, bachtrack.com (The Temple Church, 2014) “There was a real gorgeousness of sound… the sheer beauty and dynamic range of the choir was stunning.” ****Robert Hugill, planethugill.com (The Temple Church, 2015) The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs, described by the BBC as “a leading chorus on the international stage”. With the support of their President, James Bowman, and Music Director, Stephen Layton, the choir has developed its interest in exploring new and neglected works as well as core choral repertoire. In concert the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert-going at its most revelatory”. Temple Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Temple Church
Temple
City of London

London
EC4Y 7BB
England


Programme

Peter CorneliusRequiem: Seele, vergiß sie nicht
Johannes BrahmsWo ist ein so herrlich Volk, Op.109 no.3
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger3 Geistliche Gesänge, Op.69: Abendlied
Charles Hubert Hastings ParrySongs of Farewell: 5, At the round earth's imagined corners
William HarrisBring Us, O Lord God

Performers

Stephen Layton – conductor

Holst Singers

Programme Note

Hubert Parry’s moving set of six pieces, composed towards the end of his life, has long been regarded as one of the choral masterworks of the twentieth century. These Songs of Farewell form the centrepiece of an evening of reflective and contemplative music as the Holst Singers and Stephen Layton return to the beautiful medieval Temple Church.

The choir, which has received outstanding reviews for previous Temple Church concerts (see below), will lead a journey from sorrow and repose from 19th-century Germany, through the Songs of Farewell, and concluding with a sense of divine hope in William Harris’ sublime Bring us, O Lord God. The Holst Singers’ unique rich tone and depth of sound, combined with the atmospheric beauty and perfect acoustic of The Temple Church, promise to make this a very special evening and a highlight in London’s choral calendar.

“The hushed sense of awe was simply beautiful… the range of dynamics and vocal colour was impressive… the choir achieved a mystical atmosphere.” *****
Emily Owen, bachtrack.com (The Temple Church, 2014)

“There was a real gorgeousness of sound… the sheer beauty and dynamic range of the choir was stunning.” ****
Robert Hugill, planethugill.com (The Temple Church, 2015)

The Holst Singers are one of Britain’s foremost choirs, described by the BBC as “a leading chorus on the international stage”. With the support of their President, James Bowman, and Music Director, Stephen Layton, the choir has developed its interest in exploring new and neglected works as well as core choral repertoire. In concert the choir is renowned for dramatic and engaging performances, described by The Times as “interactive concert-going at its most revelatory”.

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