Handel – Utrecht Te Deum
Bach – Mein Seel’ erhebt den Herren (German Magnificat)
Haydn – Te Deum in C
Bach – Magnificat in D, BWV 243
St Martin’s Voices
St Martin’s Consort
Andrew Earis Conductor
St Martin’s Voices are delighted to present two settings of the great hymns of praise, the Te Deum and the Magnificat. The concert begins with Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum, which was written in 1713 to celebrate the Treaty of Utrecht and the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. It is followed by Bach’s 1724 setting of the German-language Magnificat by Martin Luther, and by Haydn’s Te Deum in C, which was commissioned by Empress Marie Therese, the wife of Franz I of Austria in 1799. Tonight’s programme concludes with Bach’s celebrated Magnificat in D, one of the most-loved works of the choral repertoire.
St Martin’s Voices
St Martin’s Voices is the newest vocal ensemble of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The professional choir is primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.
In their opening season, St Martin’s Voices performed the World Première of The Lantern Carols by Sasha Johnson Manning and Sharon Grenham-Toze. In January 2014, they performed Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Recent St Martin’s Voices concerts include A Celebration of William Lloyd Webber, with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, and If Music be the Food of Love: A concert to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. St Martin’s Voices have recently broadcast Sunday Worship and Daily Service on BBC Radio 4, as well as recorded Christmas in Blue, a CD of jazz carols arranged by the celebrated composer Will Todd.
As well as their extensive concert programme, St Martin’s Voices explore the great classical music of our religious heritage at Great Sacred Music every Thursday at 1pm. Admission is free.
Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the church music and concert programmes. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and Television’s religious output, as a music advisor, conductor and organist to programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Daily Service and BBC1 Songs of Praise. He is also Director of Music of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, the National Musicians’ Church in the City of London. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and Fellow of Trinity College, London. Andrew has given organ recitals in venues including King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and has performed as soloist in performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.