Wednesday 15 January 2014

London A Cappella Festival

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - photo Kaupo Kikkas
The London A Cappella Festival is back at King's Place from 22 to 25 January 2014, with a varied range of a cappella music. Curated by Ikon Arts and the Swingle Singers (who have just celebrated their 50th anniversary), the event is in its fifth year. This year's events open with a treat, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor) presents An Eastern Vigil with music from Estonia and from Russia (22/1, at LSO St Lukes) They will be joined by saxophonist Gilad Atzmo in a programme which includes music by Arvo Part (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), Alfred Schnittke (Three Sacred Hymns), Cyrillus Kreek, Vasyl Barvinskyi, Nikolai Kedrov and excerpts from Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil Op.39

The remaining events are all at King's Place, and other groups include the American 'rock band without instruments' The House Jacks, the British close-harmony group The Song Men, the Swedish super-group The Real Group, The Time Ensemble and the festival is brought to a close with a concert by The Swingle Singers.

Throughout the day on Saturday 25 January at King's Place there are workshops covering such diverse topics as Brazilian Body Percussion, improvising with members of The House Jacks, vocal skills with Bob Chilcott, jazz with The Real Group and a workshop with choral director Dominic Peckham.

Further information from the London A Cappella Festival website.

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