English Music for the Season of Advent
A concert meditating on the significance of Advent and rejoicing in the coming of the Saviour. Music by English composers from medieval times to the present day recounts the Advent story, from the Fall of Adam and the prophecies of a Messiah, to the appearance of John the Baptist, Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and the joyful Christmas proclamation that ‘God is with Us’. The music includes:
Lloyd – Drop down ye heavens
Purcell – Rejoice in the Lord
Ledger – Adam lay ybounden
Cleobury – Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Stainer – Lead Kindly Light
Greene – Thou visitest the earth
Rutter (ed.) – O come, O come Immanuel
Gibbons – This is the Record of John
Berkeley – I sing of a maiden
Broad – Ave Maria
Noble – Magnificat in B minor
Joubert – There is no rose
Head – The Little Road to Bethlehem
Tavener – God is with us
London Concert Choir
Mark Forkgen Conductor
Benjamin Clark Tenor
James Longford Organ
London Concert Choir is one of London’s leading amateur choirs. With Mark Forkgen, who this season celebrates 20 years as the choir’s Music Director, the choir is notable for the conviction and expressiveness of its performances in an unusually broad repertoire. It regularly appears at all the major London concert venues as well as visiting European destinations. The choir performed Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons in the Basilica of St Francis at Assisi in 2014 and sang concerts of unaccompanied Hymns to the Virgin in a recent summer tour to Krakow.
LCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010 with performances of Britten’s War Requiem at the Barbican and in Salisbury Cathedral. Among other major works in recent seasons have been Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the English Chamber Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the London Mozart Players; and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, all with Southbank Sinfonia. The symphony was the main work in a Battle of Jutland centenary concert in 2016, to support maritime charities.
LCC has sung settings of the Orthodox liturgy by Russian composers and performed Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Counterpoint period instrumental ensemble. Operas in concert performance have ranged from Gluck’s Orfeo to Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the London premiere of The Chalk Legend by Stephen McNeff. LCC often gives concerts for charity and continues to commission new works.