Barber Adagio / Agnus Dei by Candlelight
Brandenburg Choral Festival
Barber – Agnus Dei
Barber – Twelfth Night
Lauridsen – O magnum mysterium
Lauridsen – O nata lux
Copland – Four Motets
Whitacre – Sleep
Whitacre – When David Heard
Mark Ford Conductor
Concert lasts approximately 1 hour without an interval
One of London’s leading chamber choirs, the Purcell Singers was formed in 1994 by conductor and organist Mark Ford. They have performed extensively in London venues including St James’s Piccadilly, Southwark and St Paul’s Cathedrals and St John’s Smith Square, as well as outside London at the Brighton, Hurst and Howden Festivals, St Alban’s Cathedral and at the Langen Festival in Frankfurt. In May 2011 the choir was awarded ‘Best Classical Performance’ at the Brighton Festival. The choir’s President is Sarah Walker CBE.
Though having a wide repertoire, ranging from Gibbons to Tavener, via Bach, Howells, Poulenc, Barber and Britten, the choir has developed a particular reputation for championing unusual late romantic works, notably those of the German composer Georg Schumann.
The choir has so far recorded four classical albums, including two première discs of works by Georg Schumann, the first of which was Gramophone Magazine’s Critics’ Choice in January 2002, and the second also described as a “hugely impressive disc” (Gramophone). Its recordings have been frequently broadcast on the radio, and it has appeared on television.