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.
Celebrated as “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin”, Rachel Podger presents a captivating programme of music for unaccompanied solo violin. With her trademark meticulous and masterful interpretations, Podger explores works by J.S Bach and Giuseppe Tartini alongside the hauntingly beautiful ‘Guardian Angel’ Passacaglia from Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Mystery Sonatas, the earliest known piece for solo violin.
The highly acclaimed Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir bring their unique soulful groove to the St Martin’s stage, presenting an invigorating programme of live gospel and soul. With rousing classics and vibrant melodies including Kirk Franklin’s Love Theory and When you Believe, this uplifting performance celebrates the reopening and reawakening of the country.