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Summer Music in City Churches: Voice and Verse | City of London Choir

Thursday June 20, 2019 at 19:30
St Giles, Cripplegate, London
£20 (includes interval drinks)
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  1. My spirit sang all day, from 7 Poems of Robert Bridges, for mixed voices Op 17 - Gerald Finzi
  2. The blue bird, from 8 Partsongs Op 119 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, words by Mary E Coleridge
  3. Come live with me - Sir William Sterndale Bennett
  4. 3 Shakespeare songs (1951) - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  5. Lay a garland on her hearse - Robert Lucas Pearsall
  6. As torrents in summer - Sir Edward Elgar
  7. 5 Mystical Songs - Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Love bade me welcome
    • The call
    • Antiphon - Let all the world in every corner sing
  8. Rejoice in the lamb Op 30 - Benjamin Britten
  9. Faire is the heaven - Sir William Henry Harris
  10. The Shower Op 71 No 1 - Sir Edward Elgar
  11. The Fountain Op 71 No 2 - Sir Edward Elgar
  12. Ode at a Solemn Music, 'Blest Pair of Sirens' - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

A collection of treasured poems by authors spanning the centuries from William Shakespeare – who lived in the parish - to Mary Coleridge, all set to music by equally beloved nineteenth and twentieth century composers. The programme closes with Hubert Parry’s marvellous Blest Pair of Sirens with words by John Milton, whose 'harmonious sisters, Voice and Vers' from At a Solemn Musick give this concert its title. As the final chords fade away, spare a thought for the poet himself who lies buried in the crypt below.

Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

St Giles, Cripplegate
Fore Street, Barbican
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