Thursday 8 February 2007

The Art of the Verse Anthem

All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London: Sunday March 18th 3.00pm - Music by Orlando Gibbons and Robert Hugill

For their 2007 concert, the FifteenB Consort, with Paul Ayres (organ), are presenting a programme of verse anthems, centred on the works of Orlando Gibbons. In addition to "This is the Record of John" we are performing "If ye be risen again in Christ" and "Almighty God, who by thy Son", as well as his unaccompanied anthem "Almighty and Everlasting God".
The concert is at 3.00pm on Sunday March 18th at All Saints Church, Margaret Street, London, W1W, 8JG. Tickets price £10 are available on the door. All proceeds go to the All Saints Restoration Fund

The verse anthem, with its mixture of solos and choruses was a common form in 17th century Anglican church. We will be singing an attractive selection by composers as diverse as Elizabethans Thomas Tomkins and Thomas Weelkes, and Pelham Humphrey who was a contemporary of Purcell's.

The group will also be performing 2 works by their artistic director, Robert Hugill; his solo motet, "Faith Hope and Charity" and a new anthem, "My eyes are ever turned towards the Lord", directly inspired by 17th century verse anthems.

All Saints Margaret Street will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009. Over 2 million pounds are needed to restore this magnificent building to its Victorian splendour in time for the anniversary celebrations.

All Saints Church



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