Friday, 4 October 2019

The Fruit of Silence

City of London Sinfonia - The Fruit of Silence
The City of London Sinfonia has just started a month-long tour of cathedrals of England and Wales (Worcester last night, Exeter tonight 4/10/2019, Bristol tomorrow night 5/10/201 ending at Lichfield on 23/10/219) with a programme entitled The Fruit of Silence which offers an informal and immersive concert experience where the audience members are free to wander round the building whilst listening to meditative works by Arvo Pärt, Dobrinka Tabakova and Pēteris Vasks, interspersed with contemporary choral music performed by the cathedral's choir.

The orchestral part of the programme includes two versions of Pēteris Vasks's The Fruit of Silence, one with piano and strings the other with piano and choir, plus Arvo Pärt's Summa and Fratres, and two pieces by the contemporary British/Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova Organum Light and Centuries of Meditations for strings, harp and choir. Centuries of Meditations is one of 11 British classical pieces supported by the PRS Foundation's Resonate programme in the 2019-20 Season. The work celebrates cathedrals in all their splendour through four movements inspired by four stained glass windows in Hereford Cathedral, setting texts by philosopher Thomas Traherne (c.1637 1674).

Thursday 3 October, 19:30 - Worcester Cathedral, Friday 4 October, 19:30 - Exeter Cathedral, Saturday 5 October, 19:30 - Bristol Cathedral, Wednesday 9 October, 19:00 - Liverpool Cathedral, Friday 11 October, 19:30 - Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday 12 October, 19:00 - Bradford Cathedral, Thursday 17 October, 19:30 - Truro Cathedral, Friday 18 October, 19:00 - Llandaff Cathedral, Wednesday 23 October, 19:30 - Lichfield Cathedral.

Full details from the City of London Sinfonia website.

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