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Vivaldi Four Seasons and Purcell by Candlelight

Saturday 23 November 2019

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London


Vivaldi  The Four Seasons
Purcell My Heart is Inditing

Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir
Brandenburg Baroque Soloists

Persephone Gibbs Violin
Ralph Allwood Conductor


The Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir (ORNC TLCC) has existed in its current format since 2001 when Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance took a principal role in the provision of music at the Chapel. Now regarded as one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London, Trinity Laban is the only Conservatoire in the UK to support a collegiate Chapel Choir, and is unique amongst cathedral, church and collegiate choirs in the UK in that it has ready access to the wide range of musical resources at the Conservatoire. The Choir comprises of around 28 members drawn mainly from the Conservatoire and surrounding communities. All members of the choir are accomplished musicians, trained singers with the ability to blend and take significant solo roles.

Ralph Allwood was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses, which he founded in 1980. He co-founded the Junior Choral Courses in 2012, of which there are now five each year, including two in Shanghai, and is planning courses in Melbourne and Greenwich, Connecticut. The Rodolfus Choir, made up of the best singers from the courses, has produced over 20 CDs. Ralph is a founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He is Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich with its Choral Scholars from Trinity Laban, and a conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales. He has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, was a judge on BBC 2’s The Choir and has written much music heard worldwide on radio and television. Ralph adjudicates the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Cork International Choral Competition. He is a Fellow Commoner and Director of Chapel Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham. He is Choral Advisor to Novello and Trinity College, Oxford. He teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at his old school, Tiffin. In 2012 Ralph was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University. He was made MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Hailed by Time Out as a ‘rising star of the baroque violin’, American-born violinist Persephone Gibbs studied with Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard, gained degrees in English at Yale and Law at Columbia, improvised with a rock band for a year and immersed herself in dancing tango before moving to London to study with David Takeno and Rachel Podger at the Guildhall School of Music. Persephone co-founded baroque chamber group Gut Instinct, which explores music for two or three violins and continuo. She has appeared in chamber concerts with the Gabrieli Consort the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and I Fagiolini. Persephone is a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and plays frequently with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

Dates, Times & Book

Sat 23 Nov 8:00 PM £32/£29/£22/£16/£9/£35 Book

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