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NORDIC REFLECTIONS

Kings Place | 3rd June 2021

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Choral songs by Elgar, Sibelius and Matthew Whittall

"A very imaginative programme, beautifully sung"

Robert Hugill

The Nicholas John Trust
The Elgar Society
Embassy of Finland in London

In partnership with

Finnish Institute in London

For our Kings Place debut we explore the choral songs of Elgar & Sibelius, two world-famous contemporaries who, despite coming from opposite ends of Europe, share a number of influences, traits, tensions and peculiarities in their music. We trace these congruities and contrasts in a careful selection of part-songs they composed throughout their creative lives. To end the concert, we perform a gorgeous tribute to that most Finnish of customs - a Saturday evening sauna - by our Associate Composer Matthew Whittall.

Programme

Elgar

Sibelius

 

   

Elgar    

Sibelius     

Elgar  

      
Sibelius     

 

Elgar          
 

Sibelius     
 

Whittall     

My love dwelt in a northern land

Min rastas raataa (What the thrush toils)

Män från slätten och havet (Men from plain and sea)       Evening Scene

The Fountain

Rakastava (The lover)

Love
Serenade 
Sortunut ääni (The broken voice)
Saarella palaa (Fire on the island)
Owls (An Epitaph)
O Wild west wind!
Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart)
Venematka (The boat journey)
Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)

Our project is made possible by the Nicholas John Trust, with the support of the Finnish Embassy in London, the Finnish Institute in London, and the Elgar Society.

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PAST EVENTS

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RICHMOND CONCERT SOCIETY &

ST JAMES CHURCH,

          CHIPPING CAMPDEN

Edward Elgar

Frederick Delius

Jean Sibelius

Leevi Madetoja

John Ireland

Rued Langaard

Edward Elgar

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Arvo Pärt

George Parris

Ross Edwards

The Shower & The Fountain

On Craig Ddu

Sydämeni laulu (Song of my heart)

Onnelliset (The Happy Ones) 

Spring, the sweet Spring

Lokkende Toner (Enticing tones) 

Owls & O wild west wind! 

Silence and music

The Deer's Cry

Now welcome somer

Sacred kingfisher psalms

HELSINKI

Saturday 22nd Feburary 2020

Sibelius Academy Concert Hall

PROGRAMME:

            Henry Purcell          Hear my prayer, O Lord
                                                    Funeral Sentences
        Carlo Gesualdo       Tenebrae Responsories
                                                   for Holy Saturday 

          Edvard Grieg                          Fire Salmer
  Galina Grigorjeva                      In Paradisum

LONDON  HONINGTON

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL

IN PARADISUM

12th-15th October 2019

 

PAST PROGRAMMES

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PROGRAMME:

Icelandic Hymn                                         Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, smith of the heavens)
Edvard Grieg                                               Hvad est du dog skjøn (How fair thou art)
Wilhelm Stenhammar                            September
Jean Sibelius                                             Rakastava (The Lover)
Kaija Saariaho                                          Nuits, Adieux (Nights, Farewell)

David Wikander                                       Förvårskväll (Spring evening)   
Matthew Whittall                                    Lauantaisauna (Saturday sauna)                 
Per Nørgård                                              Maya Danser (Maya Dances)

Arr. Ørjan Matre                                       Halleluja, vår strid er endt (Halleluja, our struggle ends
Karin Rehnqvist                                      I himmelen (In Heaven's hall)

Premiered in 2018 at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

   Subsequent performances at:

   Cheltenham Music Festival 

   Swedish Church in London

   St Mary's, Warwick

   (July 2019)

TWELFTH
NIGHT

PROGRAMME

Samuel Barber                                    Twelfth Night

Walter Lambe                                  Nesciens Mater

Herbert Howells                       Here is a Little Door

                                                               Sing Lullaby

                                                          A spotless rose

Nicholas Ludford                    Ave Cujus Conceptio

Francis Poulenc                            Un Soir de Neige

Per Nørgård                                         Winter Hymn

Robert White                   Christie qui lux es et dies 

Gustav Mahler        Um mitternacht (arr. Gottwald)

Peter Warlock                          The Rich Cavalcade

                                                       Bethlehem Down

Sergei Rachmaninov                   Bogoroditse Devo

London & Warwick

January 2019

Commemorating the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and the end of the First World War.

Eternal Be The Sleep

PROGRAMME:

Ivor Gurney                Since I believe in God the Father Almighty

C. Hubert H. Parry     Sorrow and pain

Cecilia McDowall       I know that my redeemer liveth

C. Hubert H. Parry     Love is a sickness

Edward Elgar              They are at rest

Herbert Howells        Psalm 121
                                     Requiem aeternam (2)

Gustav Holst               
Nunc Dimittis

                                 ~

C. Hubert H. Parry     Songs of Farewell

In Memoriam

A special Remembrance Day concert in aid of

St Martin's Church Fabric Fund, the Royal British Legion, and Armed Forces Charity SSAFA.

Music included Parry's Songs of Farewell,

Howells Requiem, Jackson's Justorum Animae,

and Pearsall's Lay A Garland.

Barcheston, Warwickshire

SUNDAY 11th NOVEMBER, 2018

A special performance of Hubert Parry's poignant Songs of Farewell and other British choral works to mark the release of our new disc for BBC Music Magazine.

CD LAUNCH

ST. PAUL'S KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON

5th OCTOBER 2018

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Performed at Cheltenham Music Festival (July 2018), St. Peter's Bournemouth (October 2018), Music at Pinner (November 2018) 

PROGRAMME:

Edward Elgar                There is Sweet Music
Johannes Ockeghem   Kyrie from Missa Prolationum
Johannes Brahms        Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram
Josquin Des Prez          Inviolata integra es
Guillaume Dufay         Nuper rosarum flores
György Ligeti                Lux aeterna
Arvo Pärt                      Nunc Dimittis

Per Nørgård                 Maya Danser (Maya Dances)
Benjamin Britten        Hymn to St Cecilia

The choir returned to Chipping Campden for a programme inspired by music's close connection to mathematics, including a piece supposedly written to reflect the proportions of Brunelleschi’s Duomo in Florence.

MUSIC'S MEASURE

PROGRAMME:

Icelandic hymn                Heyr, himna smiður

C. Hubert H. Parry          There is an old belief
Wilhelm Stenhammar    September

Leevi Madetoja                Kevätunta

                                          (Dreaming of Spring)

C. Hubert H. Parry          Never weather-beaten sail

Edvard Grieg                Ved Rondane (At Rondane)
Percy Grainger            A Song of Värmeland
Frederick Delius         The splendour falls on castle walls
arr. Eyvind Alnaes      Jeg lagde mig så sildig

                                        (I lay down so late)
Toivo Kuula                 Nuku (Sleep)
 
Ina Boyle                    Gaelic Hymns

Arnold Bax                  This Worldes Joie

The Celtic North

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The 'Celtic North' - a term used by the composer and poet Sir Arnold Bax in a radio interview of 1932 - refers to the atmosphere evoked by the landscapes of Ireland's Western seaboard, the Scottish Highlands, and parts of Fennoscandia which, for some at the turn of the twentieth century, proved inescapable.

27th APR

2018