With the grand final of the Choir of the Year competition fast approaching, WildKat PR is getting into the vocal spirit! We’ve come up with a selection of not-to-be-missed vocal and choral concerts which are taking place in London in the next couple of weeks.
What? South American connections: Music by South American composers and their European contemporaries
Where? Wigmore Hall
When? Thursday 25th November, 7.30pm
The celebrated Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro joins the Academy of Ancient Music in a concert which features some fascinating vocal music. The contrast between national styles will be explored in this programme of 18th Century South American and European works, including music by Lobo de Mesquita, Zipoli and Torrejón y Velasco. Ticket prices range from £18 to £32. If you buy two or more tickets for this concert, you will receive the Wigmore Hall Live’s Academy of Ancient Music CD absolutely free of charge!
What? Copland, Shepherd and Anderson with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus
Where? Barbican Hall
When? Friday 26th November, 7.00pm
Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this exciting concert of choral works inspired by the 19th Century poet Emily Dickinson, which features two exciting premieres. The concert will open with the European premiere of Sean Shepherd’s orchestral showpiece ‘Wanderlust’. This will be followed by Copland’s ‘Eight poems of Emily Dickinson’ featuring the soloist Clare Booth. Finally, Susan Bickley will appear as the soloist in the world premiere of the revised version of Julian Anderson’s ‘Heaven is Shy of Earth’, a work praised by the Guardian for evoking a ‘shimmering soundworld’. Ticket prices range from £8 to £24. Ticket holders are also invited to attend a pre-concert talk in the Fountain Room at 6pm. Since places are limited for this event, it’s a good idea to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
What? Nonsuch Singers perform Handel’s Messiah
Where? Christ Church Spitalfiels
When? Friday 3rd December 2010 19:00
Nonsuch Singers, described by The Times as “one of London’s best chamber choirs”, has a reputation for innovative programmes, high-quality singing and communicative performances. The choir’s considerable repertoire encompasses a cappella and accompanied works from the Renaissance to the present day, and the choir performs regularly with many of the UK’s leading period instrumental ensembles and finest young vocal soloists. In an intimate venue, this performance sees the choir performing the epic Handel’s Messiah.
What? Winter Songs
Where? Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1
When? Tuesday 14th December 12:30pm – FREE EVENT!
This event is going to be an extremely friendly concert with a young, vibrant feel. Join 120 young musicians from Harry Gosling, Hague, Virginia and Shapla primary schools to celebrate the inauguration of Tower Voices. Together with Spitalfields Singers and THAMES Saturday Music Centre Community Choir, enjoy the sounds of winter in this celebration of all things shimmering and frosty. Come and watch for a FREE lunchtime concert!
(Written on November 22, 2010 )