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St Martin’s and North America: A Celebration of Shared Music and History

Tuesday 02 July 2024

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A concert celebrating the rich links between St Martin-in-the-Fields and North America.

In this uplifting hour-long concert, St Martin’s Voices Emerging Artists, who have recently returned from a tour of Kansas City, Austin and Seattle, perform works by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley and Sarah Quartet, alongside American choral music by Elaine Hagenberg and William Dawson.

Canadian pianist Spencer Klymyshyn, named by CBC as one of Canada’s 30 top classical musicians under 30, who represented the Americas at the 2024 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, performs Samuel Barber’s Excursions Op. 20. Each of these four short pieces is based on a folk tune and captures different aspects of America.

UK-based American soprano Christine Buras sings Is a Rose, a song cycle by American composer Caroline Shaw with texts by Robert Burns, Shaw herself and British poet Jacob Polle. The concert also includes a performance by Michelle Hromin, a Croatian-American multidisciplinary artist, specializing in contemporary clarinet performance, writing, and curation.

This concert marks the London launch of our North American Patron’s Circle, taking place between Canada Day and US Independence Day, and supported by the Canadian High Commission and Coutts Bank.

The performance lasts approximately one hour with no interval.

Programme to include:

Excursions Op. 20 Samuel Barber
Is a Rose Caroline Shaw
Upon your Heart Eleanor Daley
Alleluia Elaine Hagenberg
Ain’a that good news Spiritual arr. William Dawson


Spencer Klymyshyn piano
Christine Buras
Michelle Hromin
St Martins Voices Emerging Artists

Olivia Tait conductor

The performance is introduced by Revd Dr Sam Wells, the Canadian-born Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Dates, Times & Book

Tue 02 Jul 7:00 PM £10 Book

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