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.
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.
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?
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’.
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.
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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Join the academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Martin's Voices for an hour of joyous festive music!