Thursday 9 May 2013

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music runs from 11 to 19 May 2013 in a variety of locations in and around London. There are services of Choral Evensont, Choral Eucharist, Choral Mattins and Vespers at Westminster Abbey, St. Pancras Parish Church, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Westminster Cathedral and many others. The opening night concert, on 11 May at St Pancras Parish Church celebrates the 70th birthday of Philip Moor with Vox Turturis, directed by Andrew Gant, performing music by Moore. And on 17 May, at St Pancras Parish Church, UCL Chamber Choir under conductor Charles Peebles perform choral music by Robin Holloway to celebrate his 70th birthday.

On Saturday 18 May 2013 at St John's Church Waterloo, Gregory Rose's Danse Macabre receives its UK premiere performed by the Exultate Singers and the Jupiter Orchestra conducted by Gregory Rose.

A feature of the festival is their annual commissions, they have commissioned over 40 works since the festival was founded in 2002. This year they have commissioned a Missa Brevis from Nikolas Labrinakos which is performed on 12 May at St Pancras Parish Church as part of Chroal Eucharist.  And Philip Moore's St Pancras Canticles are premiered at Choral Evensong from St. Pancras broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 15 May, alongside the premiere of Ed Hughes Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey and Ronald Corp's Responses, plus a performance of Gordon Crosse's As watchmen look to the morning which was commissioned in 2011.

The festival has grown considerably and there are now 24 participating venues, so for over a week you have a wide choice of services which include an element of contemporary church music. Further information from the festival website.

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