The festival opens on 16 December with Mark Simpson and the Heath Quartet in an interesting programme of Arensky, Stravinsky and Suk culminating in Mozart's Clarinet Quintet. Simpson is the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year Competitions. He is now a BBC New Generation Artist. The following evening (17/12) the Tallis Scholars, fresh from their celebrations of their 40th birthday present a programme of Magnificats with Magnificat settings by H. Praetorius, Schutz and Arvo Part, also in the programme will be Part's Magnificat Antiphons plus music by Lassus and Hassler.
On 18 December tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook, will be performing Schubert's Winterreise a work which they recorded in 2011. The following evening their is a chance to hear the Temple Church's new music director, Roger Sayer, in action conducting the Temple Church Choir, with Greg Morris playing the newly refurbished organ. The programme includes Vivaldi's Gloria and Bach's three cantatas under the name Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV661, BWV659 and BWV62). The festival's finale on 20 December is David Hill conducting the BBC Singers and St James's Baroque in Handel's Messiah with soloists Ruby Hughes, David Allsopp, Robin Tritschler and Neal Davies.
Tickets are available from the Temple Music website.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- WIN a copy of Music: The Definitive History our latest Competition
- Sheer Magic - Felicity Lott's farewell recital at the Wigmore Hall
- Future Tense? OMTF's conference looked at opera in 2030.
- Amore e Morte - Ekaterin Siurina - CD review
- A mid-Autumn night's dream with the Brodsky Quartet
- Spectacular Magic Flute at the London Coliseum
- Emmanuel Despax in concertos by Stephen Goss, Saint-Saens and Franck - CD review
- Ceremony and Devotion - The Sixteen at Temple Church
- BREMF: Profane Delirums - L'Avventura London
- Christiane Karg - Wigmore Hall Live - CD review
- Journeying Boys - Guildhall School
- Taking Music Further - Orchestras Live conference
- Giorgio Berrugi at Rosenblatt Recitals