Handel Messiah by Candelight
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Handel – Messiah
St Martin’s Voices
Andrew Earis Conductor
St Martin’s Voices is a new, vibrant professional choir that was formed at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The vocal ensemble is primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and high-profile services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.
Highlights of St Martin’s Voices’ opening season included Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn for Holocaust Memorial Day, and A Celebration of William Lloyd Webber with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. In December 2014 they performed Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, and in April 2015 they began a series of Daily Service broadcasts on BBC Radio 4. Recent engagements include performing at the Templeton Prizegiving ceremony at St Martin’s, and a live broadcast on BBC One for the seventieth anniversary VE Day memorial service at the Cenotaph.
As well as their extensive concert and broadcasting programme, St Martin’s Voices and Revd Dr Sam Wells explore the music of our religious heritage at Great Sacred Music, a free event at St Martin’s every Thursday at 1pm. Great Sacred Music is also available as a podcast at www.smitf.org/GSMonline.
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 a soloist in performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony.