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Interior of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, seen from a height, looking down across the nave

Interior of St-Martin-in-the-Fields

Allegri Miserere by candlelight

Support Full Circle Fund Therapies through this special concert, part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London

  • Thursday, 27 September 2018, 9.30pm
  • St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square
  • Tickets: £15, in aid of Full Circle Fund Therapies

Full Circle and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London are delighted to welcome Ralph Allwood and his talented Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir for a very special evening of music in aid of Full Circle Therapies.

The concert, which will last approximately one hour without an interval and be performed by candlelight, will feature some of the most profound texts ever set to music in works spanning almost a millennium. The programme will include Allegri’s haunting Miserere with its remarkable stratospheric solo, and Purcell’s reflective Hear my prayer, O Lord.

THE FESTIVAL & THE VENUE

The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London bring together choirs and vocal ensembles of different shapes and sizes, and from every musical background to perform in Central London venues. Thanks to their generosity, Full Circle will benefit from every ticket we sell through Eventbrite (linked from this page).

There has been a church on the site of St-Martin-in-the-Fields since medieval times but the present building was designed by James Gibbs in the neoclassical style and completed in 1726 at a cost of £33,661.00. It is dedicated to St Martin of Tours and today is famous for both its work with homeless people and its programme of concerts , which number over 350 per year.

THE CHOIR AND CONDUCTOR

Ralph Allwood MBE DMus was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. His accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but include enabling thousands of young people from very diverse backgrounds to experience the joy of singing through courses and choirs in London and beyond. His current role includes teaching at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, home to the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir.

Black and white photo of Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir in robes, smiling and laughing

Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir

The choir has existed in its current format since 2001, when Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance became heavily involved in the provision of music at the Chapel. Trinity Laban is the only conservatoire in the world with a chapel choir, which is now regarded as one of the most outstanding sacred music ensembles in London.

THE MUSIC

The concert features sacred a cappella works spanning almost a millennium from the medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s O Ecclesia up to more recent times with Arvo Pärt’s …which was the Son of… composed in 2000. The programme opens with Gregorio Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere, complete with its mesmerising stratospheric solo, and will also includes contemplative works by Henry Purcell and Renaissance motets by Gombert, Lobo and Mouton.

Gregorio Allegri (1582 – February 1652) Miserere mei, Deus
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
Alonso Lobo (1555 – 1617) Versa est in luctum
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695) Hear my prayer, O Lord
Jean Mouton (1549 – 1522) Nesciens mater
Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) O Ecclesia
Arvo Pärt (born 1935) …which was the Son of…
Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – c. 1560) Lugebat David Absalon

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