Beethoven Mass in C by Candlelight
Mendelssohn – Gloria
Mozart – Oboe Concerto
Beethoven – Mass in C
Lavinia Redman Oboe
Soloists from St Martin’s Voices
St Martin’s Chorus
St Martin’s Chorus is the newest choir at St Martin-in-the-Fields, founded in April 2015 and numbering around thirty singers. It is an engaging and aspirational chamber choir that performs both major choral works and more intimate, small-scale works. In their opening season the Chorus performed Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Whitacre’s Cloudburst. Highlights of 2015-16 include Rachmaninov Vespers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Brahms Requiem.
Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra of outstanding young professionals described by The Times as ‘a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina’. The orchestra was founded in 2002 by Music Director Simon Over to provide graduate musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession. Every year, 33 outstanding graduate musicians come to London for Southbank Sinfonia’s nine-month fellowship, providing unparalleled opportunities to gain crucial experience in orchestral repertoire, chamber music, opera, dance and theatre. To date, more than 450 musicians have completed the programme, many going on to enjoy exciting careers with major orchestras worldwide.
Integral to the programme are the orchestra’s creative partnerships with leading performing arts organisations including the Royal Opera, National Theatre, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and acclaimed artists such as Patrons Vladimir Ashkenazy and Edward Gardner. Performing side-by-side with world-class artists gives Southbank Sinfonia’s musicians first-hand experience of what it takes to be a professional today. After completing the fellowship, players are frequently invited back to create an orchestra of symphonic proportions, or to embark on a variety of exciting artistic ventures beyond those in the programme.
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-Saens’ Organ Symphony.