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re:connect Concert Series – booking now open!

Saturday 08 August 2020

Thursday 24 December 2020

We are thrilled to announce re:connect – a series of eight concerts with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. These autumn concerts will take place at 5.00pm and 7.30pm on two Saturdays per month with guest artists including baritone Roderick Williams, soprano Carolyn Sampson and composer-conductor-pianist Ryan Wigglesworth. Each concert is named after a theme from the experience of the pandemic including Regeneration, Isolation and Friendship, Mourning and Hope and Awakening.

Each performance will be filmed and the streams will go live on the following Thursday at 7.30pm on a pay-to-view basis – they will be available online for 30 days from the initial broadcast date. The full line up of soloists and repertoire will be announced in September.

re:connect – A Requiem for our Time
Saturday 12 September, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 17 September. online concert

The opening concert honours those who have suffered and lost their lives to COVID-19. It is also given in memory of Martin Loveday, a former cellist with the Academy who died from Coronavirus in April 2020. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten opens the concert, followed by Fauré’s beautiful Requiem with Carolyn Sampson, Roderick Williams and St Martin’s Voices, conducted by Andrew Earis.

re:connect – Overcoming Distance
Saturday 26 September, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 1 October, online concert

The programme opens with solos for cello, clarinet and horn by Bach, Messiaen and MacMillan, before the orchestra comes together to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4 and Copland’s Quiet City, culminating in Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony No 29.

re:connect – Isolation and Friendship
Saturday 10 October, 5.00pm and 7.30pm

Thursday 15 October, online concert

The third concert in our re:connect series explores the themes of isolation and friendship. Featuring works by Britten and Prokofiev written specifically for friends of the composers, the performance will also showcase two new works by Welsh composer Huw Watkins. How is taken from new music project Eight Songs From Isolation, written during lockdown by eight contemporary composers, whilst his setting of three Welsh folk songs was written to celebrate the 60th birhday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

re:connect – Regeneration
Saturday 24 October, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 29 October, online concert

Opening with works by Jean Féry Rebel and Saint-Saens, this concert explores the theme of ‘regeneration’. Samantha Fernando’s work Lost Things is inspired by complex emotions within relationships, before closing the concert with with Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring; the balletic portrayal of a spring celebration of the American pioneers of the 19th century, after building a new Pennsylvania farmhouse.

re:connect – Love and Justice
Saturday 7 November, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 12 November, online concert

Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, SS Brigadeführer Otto Freiherr von Wächter. Following the war, he spent three years as a fugitive, before attempting to flee to Argentina on the ‘ratline’. He died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after spending a weekend with an ‘old comrade’. What happened to Otto Wächter, and how did he die?

re:connect – Night
Saturday 21 November, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 26 November, online concert

Thirteen is definitely a lucky number in tonight’s concert, which begins with Nightscape (The Horniman Serenade) for thirteen musicians, conducted by its composer, Eleanor Alberga. This is followed by Mozart’s Serenade for Winds No 10 in B flat, the ‘Gran Partita’.

re:connect – Awakening
Saturday 5 December, 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 10 December, online concert

The penultimate concert in the re:connect series explores the theme of ‘awakening’. Alongside works by Sibelius and Nielsen, the performance features Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Written as a birthday gift for his wife Cosima, she woke on Christmas morning 1869 to it being performed on the stairs of their home. The concert closes with Mozart’s Symphony No 34, the last symphony written in Salzburg before ‘awakening’ his independent career in Vienna and beyond.

re:connect – A Christmas Celebration
Friday 18 December, 7.30pm
Thursday 24 December, online concert

Join the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St. Martin’s Voices for an evening of festive favourites.

For more information around the new safety measure we have put into place, please visit our COVID-19 resources page.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and St. Martin-in-the-Fields church are closely following government guidance and each concert will adhere accordingly to the latest advice.

Our thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund, for supporting the re:connect concert series at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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