Monday, 6 January 2014

London Concord Singers starting 2014 with a bang

London Concord Singers photographed by Joshua Hayes
The choir in which I sing, London Concord Singers, is starting 2014 with a bang. They have commissioned a new piece from Judith Bingham; the new work, which sets words from Alice in Wonderland and from the novels of Charles Dickens, will be premiered by them in July 2014. And in April 2014 The choir will also be giving the European premiere of the Missa Charles Darwin by American composer Gregory W Brown (brother of the author Dan Brown).

Judith Bingham's The Very Distant Days for unaccompanied seven-part choir sets a text which combines the final poem from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland with selections from novels by Charles Dickens. The work is a poetic meditation on ageing. The work will be premiered in London on 24 July 2014 and then performed on tour in the Netherlands.

Gregory W Brown's Missa Charles Darwin uses texts taken from the writings of Charles Darwin to create a very modern take on the mass. The work was written for the all male ensemble New York Polyphony. London Concord Singers will be performing a new version of the work made especially for them, suitable for a mixed voice choir. The Missa Charles Darwin will receive its European premiere on 10 April 2014 at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Cadogan Street, Chelsea.

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