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A choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank for Holocaust Memorial Day

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Saturday 1 February 2014

A choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank for Holocaust Memorial Day

On Monday 27 January at 6.30pm St Martin-in-the-Field Church in Trafalgar Square is pleased to present  Annelies.  This sensitive and deeply moving choral work by British composer James Whitbourn celebrates the life and talent of Anne Frank, who was born on 12 June 1929 and named Annelies Marie Frank. Set to words selected from Anne’s diary by Melanie Challenger with music by British composer James Whitbourn, the work was first heard in 2005 and draws on the poetic contrasts between Anne’s wistful teenage musings and her ever-present fear of discovery by the Nazis.

Melanie Challenger has fashioned an elegiac libretto from its poetic pages which James Whitbourn sets with such tender respect it’s almost impossible to hear without tears. The Guardian

Andrew Earis, Director of Music of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducts St Martin’s Voices and soprano soloist Emily Armour in this elegant work for violin, cello, piano and clarinet to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

This fine requiem, using many Hebrew melodies, was superbly performed and made a powerful, deeply moving evening. David Fingleton, The Sunday Express, 2005

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Box Office at St Martin-in-the Fields. Online bookings from; telephone bookings from Monday-Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm on 020 7766 1100 and in person Monday-Wednesday 10.00am-5.00pm and Thursday-Saturday 10.00am-8.30pm. This concert is generously supported by the Duveen Trust.

For further information email or telephone 020 7766 1130.


Notes to editors:

St Martin-in-the-Fields is a vibrant and welcoming church in Trafalgar Square. Throughout its history, dating back to at least 1222, St Martin’s has been an innovator. It was the location of the first lending library and the first religious broadcast. Amnesty International was conceived at St Martin’s while Shelter and the Big Issue were launched here. Pioneering work with homeless people starting in the First World War and continues today with the Connection at St Martin’s. St Martin’s continues to take a stand on life’s complex issues with 20 church services each week and invitations to organisations to use the church steps as a platform for protest, display their inspiring works of art and participate in our education programme. A strong musical tradition including performances by Mozart and Handel continues to flourish with an outstanding church music programme and an internationally acclaimed concert programme, each week with six classical music concerts and one jazz night. St Martin’s is steeped in beautiful Georgian and modern architecture. The design and warm welcome extend downstairs for brass rubbing, shopping and the award-winning Cafe in the Crypt.