The extraordinary Quartet for the End of Time was composed by Messiaen whilst incarcerated as a prisoner-of-war. This poignant performance unites the remarkable talents of pianist Melvyn Tan and clarinettist Sacha Rattle with Michael Trainor and Jessie Ann Richardson, both members of the Piatti Quartet, who recently celebrated ten years since winning the inaugural St Martin’s Chamber Music Competition.
Eloquently led by guest conductor Anna Lapwood, St Martin’s Voices delve into the cornucopia of choral music by female composers. Lapwood is an outstanding organist, director and broadcaster, also known for her work championing underrepresented voices in classical music. Together with St Martin’s Voices, she explores a radiant programme by composers including Amy Beach and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
Renowned for their strikingly innovative approach, I Fagiolini present an eclectic range of vocal showstoppers. Spanning from Claudio Monteverdi to Cathy Berberian, this programme revels in the tantalising ache and biting discord that render choral works unforgettable. Esteemed director Robert Hollingworth shares his razor-sharp insight into how these repertoire classics gain mythical status for singers and audiences alike.
The Hermes Experiment is a trailblazing contemporary quartet, dedicated to the performance of new commissions and arrangements scored for their unique combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass. Highly praised for their nuanced and witty performances, The Hermes Experiment take us on an alluring adventure through their distinctive repertoire, featuring works by Ewan Campbell, Giles Swayne and Eleanor Alberga.
Antonio Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria was famously composed for the all-female musicians of the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage in Venice. Similarly, the Baroque composers Porpora and Hasse were also high-profile teachers who wrote choral works for their Ospedale pupils in Naples and Venice, combining social enterprise and musical excellence in a way that resonates powerfully with the ethos of St Martin's.
Trafalgar Sinfonia was founded in the early 90s by its Musical Director, Ivor Setterfield. Formerly known as the New London Soloists Orchestra, it has built a reputation as one of London’s most dynamic and accomplished ensembles.