A programme of some of Bach’s most beautiful and virtuosic choral motets on themes of religious longing, comfort and praise, intertwined with the haunting Cello Suite No. 4 and the celebrated Cello Suite No 1.
We open our summer online festival with a journey through the heart of musical London, including pieces performed in and around the church in the 17th and 18th centuries. Featuring well-known movements from Purcell’s Abdelazer and Handel’s Water Music, alongside part of Mozart’s London Sketchbook composed during his childhood London residency together with music by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary composer, violinist and conductor born in 1745 in Guadeloupe.
A portrait of Venice in the Baroque period, with a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria sung by an all-female vocal ensemble, just as in Vivaldi’s first performance at the Ospedale della Pietà. The concert also features one of the many solo vocal introductions he composed for the work, as well as madrigals by Barbara Strozzi, one of the most illustrious singers and composers of her time.
The opening concert honours those who have suffered and lost their lives to COVID-19. It is also given in memory of Martin Loveday, a former cellist with the Academy who died from Coronavirus in April 2020. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten opens the concert, followed by Fauré’s beautiful Requiem with Carolyn Sampson, Roderick Williams and St Martin's Voices, conducted by Andrew Earis. The concert will be streamed online from 7.30pm on Thursday 17 September and will be available for 30 days from the initial broadcast.
Opening with solos for cello, clarinet and horn by Bach, Messiaen and MacMillan, the orchestra then comes together to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Copland’s Quiet City, culminating in Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony No. 29. There will be two socially-distanced performances at 5.00pm and 7.30pm.
The programme opens with solos for cello, clarinet and horn by Bach, Messiaen and MacMillan, before the orchestra comes together to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4 and Copland’s Quiet City, culminating in Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony No 29. The concert will be streamed online from 7.30pm on Thursday 1 October and will be available for 30 days from the initial broadcast.