Saturday
06. July
at 20.30
Ljubljanska stolnica (Ljubljana Cathedral) - Ljubljana

LONDINIUM – LONDON CHAMBER CHOIR (UK)

“Fairest Isle”


Choirmaster: Andrew Griffiths

Sopranos: Katy Austin Moon, Fiona Clark, Kathy Dallas, Jenny Griffiths, Elizabeth Henderson, Barbara Gunter, Mai Kikkawa, Isobel McIntosh, Lucy Myers, Rebecca Swaine, Grace Vaughan
Altos: Sophia Anderton, Noel Chow, Eleanor Cranmer, Sonia Johnson, Angela Knapp, Hilary Lawson, Yvonne Light, Hazel Mehta, Una Murphy, Sally Prime
Tenors: Batie Boot, Ben Byram-Wigfield, Simon Funnell, Trevor Heywood, Colin Poole, Mark Sweeting, Julian Tolan, Justin Watkins, Ian Wilkinson
Basses: Adam Balkwill, Mike Bolton, Aubrey Botsford, Marcus Daniels, David Henderson, John McLeod, Roger Miller, Justin Needle, Chris Swithinbank, Michael Tomkins, Maurice Wren


Programme:
Kenneth Leighton (1929–1988), Hymn to the Trinity
Henry Purcell (1695–1659), Hear my Prayer
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), Beati quorum via
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585), Loquebantur variis linguis
Gustav Holst (1874–1934), The Evening Watch
William Byrd (1543–1623), Laudibus in sanctis
Robert Ramsey (1590–1644), How Are the Mighty Fallen
Judith Bingham (1952), The Drowned Lovers
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), The Blue Bird
Henry Purcell (1695–1659), Fairest Isle
Gustav Holst (1874–1934), This Have I done for my true love
Jacobus Handl Gallus (1550–1591), Mirabile Mysterium
Lojze Lebič (1934), Fčelica zleteila
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924), On Time

The acclaimed British choir Londinium, making its first visit to Slovenia, presents a feast of outstanding music by British composers. The programme celebrates the wonderful music of Charles Villiers Stanford and Gustav Holst in their anniversary years, and also includes masterpieces by the seventeenth and eighteenth-century composers Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Robert Ramsey, Henry Purcell, and more recent works by Kenneth Leighton and Judith Bingham. The choir will also perform music by the Slovenian composers Jakob Handl Gallus and Lojze Lebič.


Londinium’s conductor, music director, and versatile musician Andrew Griffiths has lead a number of choirs including the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus. As a singer, he is a founder member of the internationally renowned vocal consort Stile Antico. In the world of opera, he is Head Coach at London’s National Opera Studio and has worked at opera houses including the Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, and Chicago Opera Theatre.

Londinium is one of London’s most versatile and accomplished chamber choirs and widely celebrated for its vibrant and exciting performances of a cappella works. Founded in 2005, it has a strong reputation for diverse and imaginative programming across centuries and national traditions, with an emphasis on rediscovering unjustly neglected works and premiering new works. The choir has performed in many prestigious central London venues, has toured France, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland. In addition to its regular season of concerts, the choir has performed on BBC Radio 3, and recently appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim. They focus their programme selection on introducing large and enthusiastic audiences to a great variety of well-loved works from the English choral tradition, attracting much praise from reviewers – in 2023, Edinburgh Music Review wrote “Clarity of diction was impressive, as was the rhythmic exactitude. Andrew Griffiths’ conducting style is clear, fluid and elegant…the balance and blending… were indeed truly impressive throughout.”
Londinium and Andrew Griffiths have recently released two major recordings of twentieth-century English choral music, the Gluepot Connection (SOMM Recordings, March 2018), and an album of choral music by Kenneth Leighton, Every Living Creature (SOMM Recordings, May 2023), a Gramophone Critic’s Choice 2023. Both recordings have been very warmly applauded by critics, for example “Andrew Griffiths secures a splendidly fervent, finely disciplined rendering from his assembled forces’ (Gramophone magazine).”


Admission free.


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