Faure Requiem by Candlelight
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus
Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 2
Mozart – Church Sonata in D
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach – Air on the G String
Faure – Cantique de Jean Racine
Faure – Pavane
Handel – Coronation Anthem ‘Let thy hand be Strengthened’
Bach – Motet ‘Lobet den Herrn, Alle Heiden’
Faure – Requiem
Belmont Ensemble of London
English Chamber Choir
Michael Higgins Organ
Peter G Dyson Conductor
The English Chamber Choir is one of the best known and busiest groups of its size based in London. Based in the City, local appearances have included performances of music by John Tavener in St Paul’s Cathedral and Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium at the Mansion House. It has sung in all the main halls in the Southbank Centre, at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and Cadogan Hall. It currently appears several times a year with the Belmont Ensemble at St Martin-in-the-Fields and presents its own recital programmes in several other London venues.
The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded by its Musical Director, Peter Dyson in 1991, it is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.
The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s and in 2012 the orchestra celebrated its 21st Birthday. They have now given over 500 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square church attracting large international audiences to their regular concerts.
The orchestra was originally established to enable exceptional music graduates the opportunity to bridge the gap between leaving conservatoire and finding full-time employment, within a professional environment. Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.
The Belmont Ensemble is a highly flexible group with a dedicated core of string players for baroque music; it can adapt to encompass forces for large romantic concertos and choral works, to contemporary commissions.