Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Reverie in Chelsea - The Passing of the Year

Reverie and Robbie Jacobs - picture credit Charlie Ding
Reverie and Robbie Jacobs - picture credit Charlie Ding
Reverie, directed by Robbie Jacobs, has a concert at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, Chelsea on Friday 6 March 2015 when the group performs a programme of 20th and 21st century music ranging from Britten to a new commission. Benjamin Britten's Five Flower Songs and Herbert Howells setting of a Bryan Guiness poem The Summer is Coming form the centrepieces of a programme which also includes Peter Maxwell Davies's A Hoy Calender describing a year on the isle of Hoy and a pair of works by Jonathan Dove, The Passing of the Year and Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars. Also in the programme is new piece commissioned from Freya Waley-Cohen.

Peter Maxwell Davies' work, written in 1994, uses text from George Mackay Brown's 1971 poem A Hoy Calendar. Jonathan Dove's The Passing of the Year is a cycle of seven poems set in three movements over the cycle of the year, with poems by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, George Peele, Thomas Nash, and Tennyson, whereas Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars uses texts from Amos and the Psalms to explore stars and starlight. Composer Freya Waley-Cohen is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Simon Bainbridge and she was recently J. E. West Prize for Composition.

Reverie is a young choir, formed from some of the best young professional singers and directed by Robbie Jacobs. further information about the choir and their concert activities from the choir's website.

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