New Zealand-born Sāmoan baritone Benson Wilson presents a spellbinding recital programme of lieder by Herbert Howells, Gerald Finzi, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. As a recent winner of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award, Wilson is highly acclaimed for his rich timbre and charismatic interpretations of song repertoire.
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.
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.
Join St Martin's Voices and Simon Russell Beale for a concert of readings and madrigals based on texts by William Shakespeare.