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.
St Martin’s Voices and Will Todd Ensemble share an uplifting selection of sacred and secular works, blending choral beauty with jazz vibrancy. Highlights include the Stabat Mater from Todd’s Passion Music, which premiered at St Martin’s in 2018, and the heart-warming Like a rainbow shining, written in support of NHS and keyworkers during the challenging early months of the pandemic.
When Johannes Brahms’ exquisitely moving Ein deutsches Requiem premiered in Bremen Cathedral in 1868, it was complemented by a performance of the beloved Handel aria I know that my redeemer liveth. Inspired by this historic musical pairing, Cecilia McDowall’s unaccompanied choral setting reinterprets the familiar Messiah text, emphasising the themes of tenderness, solace and resilience it shares with Brahms’ masterpiece.
Join St Martin's Voices and Simon Russell Beale for a concert of readings and madrigals based on texts by William Shakespeare.