Angelic Voices - The Brandenburg Choral Festival

Godolphin Vocal Ensemble: Piano – Christopher Guild: Conductor – Olivia Sparkhall
 
Friday 23rd February, 19.30-21.30
St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED (NOT St. Paul's Cathedral)
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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London exists as a platform for choirs to perform in Central London venues. It is London's biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral - and we mean everything! Over the year we bring together choirs and vocal ensembles of different shapes and sizes, and from every musical background - classical and jazz, a cappella or accompanied, gospel, male voice, choral scholars, community choirs, and a whole lot more besides! With two main seasons each year – the Spring Series and the Autumn Series – Brandenburg presents over a hundred concerts of unparalleled variety.  Centred geographically and spiritually around St. Martin-in-the-Fields, other venues include St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Temple Church, Corpus Christi Maiden Lane, Royal Courts of Justice, National Portrait Gallery, St James's Sussex Gardens and many more. 
 
ABOUT THE VENUE
Located in the heart of the West End overlooking Covent Garden Piazza, St Paul’s Church (Note, NOT St. Paul's Cathedral) is affectionately known as ‘The Actors’ Church’, owing to a long association with the theatre community. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1633, this beautiful church often serves as a theatre and concert venue. Its award-winning courtyard garden is a haven of tranquillity in the busy West End.
 
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Godolphin Vocal Ensemble presents this Twentieth and Twenty-first Century programme of diverse choral music for upper voices. The programme ranges from well-known Benjamin Britten to contemporary pieces receiving their London Premieres. The familiar choral territory of Bob Chilcott, who is known by many choral aficionados, is contrasted with the ethereal sound-world of innovative new composer, Carol Jones. Two contrasting pieces by Douglas Coombes, known to many for his BBC music children’s programmes, will be heard alongside instantly recognisable tunes arranged by Gordon Jacob and Andrew Parnell. Acclaimed young pianist, Christopher Guild, the choir’s accompanist, will also perform solos by Judith Weir, Respighi and Vaughan Williams.
 
FULL PROGRAMME:
 
“Gloria” from The Godolphin Missa Brevis (London Premiere)
Douglas Coombes (b. 1935)
 
The King of France (piano solo)
Judith Weir (b. 1954)
 
Like a Singing Bird 
Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) 
 
How a little girl danced (London Premiere)
Douglas Coombes
 
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day, Op. 75 No. 2 
John Gardner (1917- 2011) 
 
Tre preludi sopra melodie gregoriane I (piano solo)
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
 
Brother James’s Air (Traditional)  
arr. Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)  
 
Hear I am, Lord 
Daniel Schutte (b. 1947) arr. Andrew Parnell (b. 1954) 
 
INTERVAL
 
Gloria from Missa Brevis in D Op. 63 
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) 
 
Hymn Tune Prelude on 'Song 13' (piano solo)
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958) 
 
For him all stars have shone
Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
 
All Shall be Well (London Premiere)
Carol Jones (b. 1993) 
 
Lux Aeterna (World Premiere)
Olivia Sparkhall (b. 1976)
 
Tre preludi sopra melodie gregoriane III (piano solo)
Ottorino Respighi
 
I sing of a maiden 
Patrick Hadley (1899-1973) 
 
Praise the Lord 
Carol Barratt (b. 1945)
 
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
The Godolphin Vocal Ensemble is an award-winning, girls-only choir of 24 auditioned students aged 13-18 from Godolphin School, Salisbury. They have appeared on the BBC Songs of Praise competition in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, receiving the runners-up trophy in 2012. They were Wiltshire Life Creative Arts Practitioner of the Year 2014 and Barnardo’s Choir of the Year in 2011 and 2015, a charity with which the choir now enjoys a close association, performing for the charity’s 150th Anniversary service in St Paul’s Cathedral and Carol concert in Westminster Cathedral.
 
The choir has sung at a variety of prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, Oriel College Oxford, Sheffield City Hall, Albert Hall Nottingham and the Lowry Theatre at BBC Media City in Salford. In March 2017, the choir gave the premiere of Carol Jones’s All Shall Be Well as part of the inaugural International Women’s Day service in Salisbury. This was then recorded for the commissionee, new charity Multitude of Voyces. Following the success of this event, Hilary Campbell has been commissioned to write a piece for the next International Women’s Day service on 8 March 2018. Many other pieces have been written for Godolphin Vocal Ensemble, several of which will be performed at this concert.
 
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