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An interview with Andrew Earis

News St Martin – Talking Points

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Ahead of our Sound of St Martin’s Autumn Festival we spoke with our Director of Music, Andrew Earis, about his day-to-day work at St Martin’s, what to expect from the festival and some personal highlights to watch out for.

MDG-StMartinsChorus-8986Tell us a little about your role at St Martin’s?

I’ve been Director of Music here for seven years and I oversee all of the musical activity here – concerts, broadcasts, and a huge range of music in worship. My remit is extremely wide and varied with no two days being the same. I oversee the regular calendar of music for our services through to exceptional historic events such as the recent service marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day attended by Her Majesty the Queen and Prime Minister. St Martin’s is such a busy and vibrant place and I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to grow and develop our programme of music – the Sound of St Martin’s – which is extremely eclectic in mix and setting and now served by six different in-house choirs.

What is special about this festival?

These festivals are special because they bring together all our different choral groups affording us the opportunity to programme a wide variety of music from an unaccompanied choral concert to big orchestral events.

What are your personal highlights from the Autumn Festival?

It’s so difficult to pick out a particular concert as each one brings unique qualities to the festival showcasing the special nature of each of our choirs but I’m particularly excited about the Mozart Requiem concert on 7 November, which is a collaboration with the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

How do the choirs at St Martin’s differ?    

Music making at St Martin’s combines an exciting mix of professional, educational and voluntary music making. St Martin’s Voices is our professional vocal ensemble, made up primarily of past and present choral scholars of St Martin’s of which we have a new intake every year. The Choir of St Martins and Chorus of St Martins are two of our outstanding voluntary choirs – the Choir providing exceptional music which supports the Sunday worship at St Martin’s whilst the Chorus largely comprises a mix of London based professionals who also happen to be extraordinarily talented singers who enjoy coming together to perform concerts across the year.

Do you have a favourite spot in the church for watching concerts and, if so, why?

You get the most amazing view sitting on the steps high up next to the organ so you can often see me hiding up there looking down on a packed church.

Select your favourite piece featured in the festival and tell us why?

I’m really pleased that we’re performing James MacMillan’s Miserere which is a beautiful contemporary setting of the psalm text made famous by Allegri. It’s an incredibly moving piece.


Sound of St Martin’s Autumn Festival
Tuesday 3 – Thursday 12 November
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