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A Christmas Celebration

Thursday 05 December 2019

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Part of the Sound of St Martin’s, our annual series of concerts celebrating the musical life of this unique institution.
The music programme at St Martin’s embraces concerts, music in worship, our innovative Great Sacred Music series as well as an exciting range of broadcasts, recordings and podcasts.

Programme

Leontovich – Carol of the Bells
Trad. (arr. Wood) – Ding Dong Merrily on High
Lauridsen – O Magnum Mysterium
Rutter – Candlelight Carol

Plus carols for brass, organ, and audience including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen and O Come All Ye Faithful.

St Martin’s Chorus
Brandenburg Brass

Andrew Earis Conductor
Gabriella Noble Conductor
Polina Sosnina Organ

Performers

St Martin’s Chorus is an engaging and aspirational chamber choir, drawing from a pool of around thirty singers, performing both major choral works and more intimate, small-scale works. Recent concerts include Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms Requiem, Rachmaninov Vespers, Copland In the Beginning and the première of Will Todd’s Passion Music.

Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields where he oversees the music programme at this busy London church. Recent performances include Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Beethoven Mass in C with Southbank Sinfonia. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio’s religious output as a producer of programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Radio 3 Choral Evensong.

Gabriella Noble is a conductor and singer based in London. In 2017 she graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Oxford University, where she conducted Oxford University Chorus and held a conducting scholarship with Schola Cantorum of Oxford. She went on to study solo voice ensemble singing under Robert Hollingworth at York University, where she conducted new music with the Chimera Ensemble. She is a founding member of Judith Collective, a group seeking to give early music a contemporary impact through concerts, productions, and collaborations that have an interdisciplinary focus. The group will be hosting a new festival in 2020. Their flagship project is a staging of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s cantata Judith, for soprano, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord. Gabriella conducts the Kingston Singers and Port Meadow Sinfonia, an amateur orchestra she co-created for musicians who have chosen to work in other fields.

Polina Sosnina is the Organ Scholar at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Temple Church. Prior to these roles, Polina read Natural Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she was organ scholar for three years. She went on to hold the Graduate Organ Scholarship at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs alongside the Organ Scholarship for St John’s Voices in her fourth year of study.  As a soloist, Polina has performed at venues including Temple Church, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Grosvenor Chapel, St Bride’s, Wymondham Abbey and St John’s College, Cambridge, and in France at Souvigny, Moulins and Paris. In March 2017, Polina was the first woman to be awarded first prize in the Brian Runett Organ Competition at St John’s College.  She also won first prize in the Essex Organists’ Association 2018 competition and performed as a semi-finalist in the IAO/RCO Organ Playing Competition in August 2018.

Dates, Times & Book

Thu 05 Dec 7:30 PM £36/£30/£25/£18/£10 Book

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