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Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Written in memory of Claude Debussy, this vibrant and energetic explosion of sound and rhythm was not directly inspired by the sounds of the famous French composer’s music, but was rather a homage to the composer, written in Stravinsky’s own unique language.
One of the only works written by Ravel for unaccompanied choir, the Trois Chansons are simultaneously satirical, gymnastic, and profoundly beautiful.
Vieille Prière Bouddhique
The ‘Old Buddhist Prayer’ is a daily prayer for the whole universe. Scored here for tenor, mixed choir and large orchestra, it took composer Lili Boulanger four years to finish, over the course of the Great War.
Symphony of Psalms
Symphony of Psalms is an extraordinary work, which continues to fascinate because it so thoroughly plays against expectations. The Symphony of Psalms was a commission to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1930. The orchestra wanted something symphonic, and Stravinsky’s publisher wanted something popular. Stravinsky gave them both – but not in the way either party could possibly have envisaged! The work is scored for very unusual orchestral forces, with a heady concentration of certain sounds (flutes, trumpets, and pianos) and complete omission of others (clarinets and high strings). Hearing it should be on every music-lover’s bucket list!
Conductor: Tori Longdon
Assistant Conductor: Robert Brooks
The orchestra of the Academy of St Mary-le-Bow
Opera Holland Park – Messa di Gloria Giacomo Puccini – 7:30pm
Ahead of his return to Opera Holland Park as Canio in Pagliacci, tenor David Butt Philip joins baritone Ross Ramgobin, conductor John Andrews, the Opera Holland Park chorus and City of London Sinfonia in a special performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.Read More
Battersea Choral Society sings Brahms and Cherubini – 7:30pm
Battersea Choral Society sings Brahms and Cherubini
Join us for a spectacular evening of choral music at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, UK. The excellent Battersea Choral Society will be performing by Brahms' Schicksalslied and Cherubini's Requiem, with Sam Evans conducting the Battersea Ensemble. Don't miss this extraordinary musical experience!