Rachmaninov Vespers by Candlelight
Rachmaninov – Vespers
New London Singers
Ivor Setterfield Conductor
This concert will last for approximately one hour without an interval.
Founded in 1963, New London Singers are one of London’s most outstanding vocal ensembles. They perform regularly at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square and Kings Place, Kings Cross. They have also recently performed at the Banqueting House on Whitehall, St Paul’s Covent Garden and All Hallows’, Gospel Oak. The Choir has also performed at venues across Europe, most recently in Poznan, Poland in May 2009 and Seville in November 2012. 2010 saw NLS sing Choral Evensong at the church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in London, and this has now turned into an annual event with the Choir singing services at Westminster Abbey (2011-2013) and Southwark Cathedral (2014).
Recent season highlights include a complete performance of Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles” (2011/12 season), Bach’s B Minor Mass and the Monteverdi Vespers (2012/13 season), all at St Martin in the Fields; and Bach’s St John Passion at St James’s Piccadilly (2013/14 season). The Choir held a 50th Anniversary concert at St Paul’s Covent Garden in 2013 featuring music composed in each decade since NLS was founded in 1963.
Ivor Setterfield comes from a musical family in St Albans, played the violin from a young age and enjoyed a distinguished career as a solo boy treble at St Alban’s Cathedral. He graduated in music from York University and was subsequently awarded scholarships to study singing and conducting at both the Royal Academy and the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Colin Metters and Sir Colin Davis. He assisted Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, conducting performances of Mussorgsky’s Sorochintsy Fair and Janácek’s Cunning Little Vixen. He represented Great Britain in broadcast masterclasses with Eric Ericson at the World Symposium of Choral Music in Stockholm and completed his studies in Siena with the great Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, and Valery Gergiev.