Saturday, 20 July 2013

Temple Music new season

Temple Church, picture Temple Music Foundation
The Temple Music Foundation runs a concert season each year with concerts two historic venues, Middle Temple Hall and Temple Church. The Foundation was established to support and promote music in the Temple and to contribute resources when possible towards the education of the Temple Church’s choristers. They are known for their Temple Song series, directed by Julius Drake, but in fact the present quite a wide range of concerts. They have just released their Autumn/Winter programme which includes recitals from Annette Dasch and Roderick Williams with Julius Drake, plus visits from the Sixteen, Endymion, the Sacconi String Quartet, the Wallfisch/York Duo, Nicholas Daniel and the Aurora Orchestra. The music of this years centenarians, Britten, Wagner and Verdi makes a significant contribution to the series. But there is also the chance to see a silent film with improvised accompaniment from organist David Briggs, and to hear the Sixteen in music written for the Tudors.

German soprano Annette Dasch appears in the Temple Song series, with pianist Julius Drake. Dasch is appearing at Bayreuth this summer singing the role of Elsa in Lohengrin and will be singing Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder for Temple Music along with Schumann's Lieder op 35. (23/9). Baritone Roderick Williams and Julius Drake will be giving a performance of Brahms's cycle Die Schone Magelone. (14/11). Pianist Lucy Parham is joined by narrators Samuel West and Juliet Stevenson for a programme of words and music chronicling the life and music of Frederic Chopin. (2/12)

There will be more Wagner when the ensemble Endymion performs the Siegfried Idyll in a programme which includes Barber's Adagio for strings and music by Richard Strauss (2/10). The Sacconi Quartet will also be celebrating this year's centenarians as they include Britten's String Quartet no. 2 and Verdi's String Quartet in a programme which also includes music by Purcell and Puccini (15/10).

Cellist Rafael Wallfisch and pianist John York also celebrate Britten, Verdi and Wagner, including arrangements of music by Wagner and Verdi in their recital alongside cello sonatas by Britten and his teacher Frank Bridge (7/11).

And there is an all Britten programme from Nicholas Daniel, the Aurora Orchestra and the Temple Singers and choristers of the Temple Church, which will include A Hymn to the Virgin, Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Five Flower Songs and his cantata St. Nicholas. (20/11)

Harry Christophers and the Sixteen will be performing a programme entitled Ceremony and Devotion - Music for the Tudors, with music by Byrd, Tallis and Sheppard including Sheppard's Media Vita. (11/11)/

In complete contrast, there will be a showing of the silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (with John Barrymore) with David Briggs providing accompaniment on the restored Temple Church organ. (8/10)

Further information from the Temple Music website.

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