Thursday, 7 November 2019

Do not go gentle - the Chamber Choir of London in Dorchester, the Hague & London

The Chamber Choir of London and conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham will be commemorating Remembrance Sunday with a programme, Do not go gentle at Dorchester Abbey in Gloucestershire (10/11/2019) and repeated at Kloosterkerk, the Hague on Monday (11/11/2019). The programme features Toby Young's setting of the Dylan Thomas poem from which it takes its name, along with music by Ed Rex, Kim Andre Arnesen, Alexander Campkin, Owain Park, and Kerry Andrew, plus RVW's No Long Mourn for Me, James McMillan's A Child's Prayer and Herbert Howell's Requiem. This powerful work was written by Howells in the 1930s, a period when he was much affected by the death of his son Michael (who had evidently 'contributed' to the early manuscript of the piece, in the way of young children). Howells would draw on the Requiem for his Hymnus Paradisi but put the Requiem in a drawer, and it was only in the 1950s that RVW persuaded him to allow it to be performed.

Further ahead, the choir will be bringing its Christmas programme, On Bethlehem Down to London on 13 December 2019, for a candlelit at St George's Church, Bloomsbury, with music by Andrew Carter, Peter Wishart, Judith Weir, Bob Chilcott, Herbert Howells, Elizabeth Maconchy, Jonathan Rathbone, Peter Warlock, Kerry Andrew, Richard Allain, and Cecilia McDowall.

The choir will be in London again in February 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall, but the concert sold out within 15 minutes of booking as it is a programme of music themed around the video game NieR. The choir joins with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for NieR:Orchestra Concert re:12018 an immersive video-game concert which features music by composer Keiichi Okabe, and HD video projections by NieR Director Yoko Taro.

Full details from the choir's website.

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