Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Hilliards in Southwark

Hilliard Ensemble - photo Marco BorgreveAs part of their 40th anniversary year celebrations (and final tour before retiring), the Hilliard Ensemble will be in Southwark Cathedral on 27 March 2014. Joined by the City of London Sinfonia and the Holst Singers they will be performing music by Arvo Part and Gavin Bryars. Arvo Part's Litany was recorded by the Hilliard Ensemble in 1994, in Southwark they will perform it with the Holst Singers. Gavin Bryar's Voice of St Columba was written for four voices and string orchestra, setting two texts by the Saint. The Hilliard Ensemble premiered it in Oslo last year and will perform it in Southwark with the City of London Sinfonia. Further information from the City of London Sinfonia website.

Outside of London, the Hilliards are also busy. They are in Villeurbanne, France from 6-8 March, in I went to the house but did not enter, a staged concert by Heiner Goebbels created for them in 2008 at the Edinburgh Festival in which Goebbels sets texts by T.S. Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett. They are then reprising Officium their collaboration with Jan Garbarek in Glasgow and Aberdeen (14, 15 March). Finally they are at Opera North's Howard Assembly Room in Leeds singing French and English song from the 13th to 15th centuries. Further information from the Hilliard Ensemble website.


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