Thursday 26 January 2017

10 concerts, 150 psalms - Elysian Singers' PsalmFest concludes

The Elysian Singers
The Elysian Singers
The Elysian Singers, conductor Sam Laughton, has been celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year long series of performances, PsalmFest 2016. In ten concerts they  performed settings of all of the 150 psalms (or at least something from each psalm). This striking feat culminates in their final concert of the celebrations when on Saturday 28 January 2017 at St John's Smith Square, Sam Laughton conducts the Elysian Singers and the Elysian Festival Orchestra in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Psalms, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Judith Weir's Psalm 148 and music by RVW, Elgar, Holst, and Bruckner.  The Elgar settings will be Give unto the Lord and Great is the Lord, anthems rarely heard in their orchestral versions.

The choir will be joined by a number of former members of the choir, bringing numbers up to around 80 voices.

Full information from the St John's Square website.

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