WHAT'S ON

EVERY THURSDAY, 6.30PM

APÉRITIF CONCERTS 

PROGRAMME

To brighten up your quarantine weeknights, musicians from the London Choral Sinfonia will perform 20-minute, pre-dinner recitals live on Zoom. Enjoy varied, wonderful music beamed straight into your homes, and feel free to bring your own Campari… 

 

Raise your spirits (pun intended), as well as supporting our musicians in these unprecedented times. 

THURSDAY 2 JULY

Our July series of recitals kicks off with bass-baritone JULIAN DEBREUIL. Live from his home in Catford, Julian will perform Italian Aria Antiche and some English song. 

 

Julian says, ‘During lockdown I’ve tried to make use of the lack of performance pressure to go back to basics and reestablish a firm technical basis to my singing. These were the songs I first studied when my voice broke and it’s been a joy to revisit them and use them for that purpose. My two-year-old daughter, Imogen, might walk in and start dancing at some point, and then take a bow. I hope nobody minds.’

 

THURSDAY 9 JULY

Live from his home in Worcester, CHRISTOPHER ALLSOP will be playing organ pieces by J. S. Bach, Louis Vierne and Henri Mulet on his Hauptwerk organ and pipe organ.

 

THURSDAY 16 JULY

For our final Apéritif Concert we conclude with a recital of piano arrangements and transcriptions of great melodies from Broadway, Rogers & Hammerstein and Gershwin, given by Michael Waldron. We look forward to seeing you at this rousing culmination of our online Apéritif series.

PAST APÉRITIF CONCERTS

THURSDAY 7 MAY

LCS regulars HELEN CHARLSTON (mezzo soprano) and MICHAEL CRADDOCK (baritone) kick off our series from their home in South London with a selection of pieces to raise some lockdown joy. They will perform some Ravel and Schubert, as well as a couple of exciting things which have been written for them in lockdown.

 

THURSDAY 14 MAY

From his home in Shropshire, Baroque specialist CONOR GRICMANIS (violin) treats us to a few short favourites of his from the 17th century, and pieces inspired by the era - folk, love, and all things wayward.

 

THURSDAY 21 MAY

We join JESSICA DANDY (contralto) in her beautiful lockdown surroundings of Barrow-in-Furness for a journey 'Into the Woods'. With music from the French baroque, to Handel, Mahler and even a bit of Northumberland folk song, this woodland-themed concert is not to be missed.

 

THURSDAY 28 MAY

LCS Musical Director MICHAEL WALDRON performs piano music by York Bowen – ‘Paganini meets The Savoy’ – from his home in North London.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

Our June series of recitals kicks off with internationally-renowned viola player STEPHEN UPSHAW. Live from his home in Deptford, Stephen will be performing Bach’s Second Suite in D minor.

 

THURSDAY 11 JUNE

Performing from her home in New Malden, harpist ZITA SILVA presents a varied programme of works by Debussy, Tournier, and a dazzling Fantasy on themes from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.

 

THURSDAY 18 JUNE

Celebrated vocal soloists EMILY DICKENS (soprano) and DINGLE YANDELL (bass-baritone) perform live from their home in Reading, with a programme featuring an uplifting mixture of solos and duets from folksong, and composers including Mendelssohn and Handel.

 

THURSDAY 25 JUNE

The French Touch. From his home in Islington, our very own MICHAEL WALDRON presents a celebration of female French composers, with a programme featuring music by Nadia & Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre, and Cecile Chaminade.

PAST EVENTS THIS SEASON

Fauré Requiem

THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2019 | 19:30 | CADOGAN HALL
Cochereau Gigue ‘Suite de Danses' 
Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne

Debussy (arr. Wikeley) Beau soir

Fauré Madrigal
Fauré (arr. Wikeley) Chanson d’amour
Saint-Saëns Calme des nuits
Saint-Saëns Les fleurs et les arbres
Hahn (arr. Wikeley) A Chloris

Fauré Requiem

The London Choral Sinfonia present a foray into French music, both sacred and secular. Starting in Paris at Notre Dame Cathedral with Pierre Cochereau’s grand improvised Gigue, we travel to the Auvergne to hear six of Joseph Canteloube’s folk song arrangements in a pared-down format for soprano and piano.

 

Following a series of choral arrangements of favourite mélodies by Fauré, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Hahn, we will return to Paris to perform Fauré’s incomparable Requiem, scored for chamber forces. 

KIM-LILLIAN STREBEL soprano
GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN baritone
MICHAEL WALDRON conductor

Christmas with the LCS

WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2019 | 19:30 | ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE

Britten Saint Nicolas 

Holst arr. Owain Park Christmas Day

along with congregational carols and other favourites

A concert of uplifting music for the festive season. The first half features familiar carols and Christmas tunes in new and exciting arrangements. The programme culminates with Britten's epic Christmas cantata, Saint Nicolas.

NICK PRITCHARD tenor
TANYA HURST soprano
MICHAEL WALDRON conductor
TIFFIN BOYS' CHOIR
PIMLICO MUSICAL FOUNDATION
NICK PRITCHARD tenor
TANYA HURST soprano
MICHAEL WALDRON conductor

A Winter's Journey

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2020 | 19:30 | PETYT HALL, CHELSEA

To include music by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Mahler

The London Choral Sinfonia presents a brumal evening for lieder lovers. Together we will explore some of the most heart-wrenching and heart-warming lieder in the canon, all paired with suitably evocative and delicious wines. Complimentary wine pairings are served throughout the evening, alongside champagne and canapés before and after the performance.

LCS SOLOISTS
MICHAEL WALDRON conductor

CANCELLED: Bach Easter Oratorio

THURSDAY 28TH MAY 2020 | 19:30 | ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE

Lotti Crucifixus

Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Monteverdi Beatus Vir

Bach Easter Oratorio BWV 249

The LCS provides a powerful and uplifting programme focused around the Easter story. Masterpieces from the Italian Renaissance dominate the first half, from Lotti’s intensely introvert Crucifixus through Pergolesi’s virtuosic Stabat Mater to the exuberance of Monteverdi. The programme culminates with Bach’s spectacular Easter Oratorio with its powerful and uplifting celebration of the Easter story.

KATHERINE WATSON soprano 
TIM MORGAN countertenor
GWILYM BOWEN tenor
MICHAEL WALDRON conductor

London Choral Sinfonia

Registered Charity No. 1161217

Registered Office: 104 Barnsbury Road, London, N1 0ES

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