Friday 21 August 2020

Live again: Temple Music launches season with three live concerts

Temple Church (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0)
Temple Church
(Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0)
Temple Music is starting live concerts again in October and November, with three concerts in Temple Church all done in a socially distanced manner. The season opens with soprano Ruby Hughes, cellist Natalie Clein and pianist Julius Drake in recital (6/10/2020), followed by the Sixteen, conductor Harry Christophers (13/10/2020) and then a concert of the jazz-inspired music of John Ashton Thomas (12/11/2020).

Tre Voci, Ruby Hughes, Natalie Clein and Julius Drake's recital will feature Judith Weir's On the palmy beach which they premiered in 2019 (see my review) along with John Tavener's Akhmatova Songs, Brahms Two Songs (originally for alto, viola and piano, in a version for soprano, cello and piano), Kodaly's Sonatina for cello and piano and music by Schubert, Ravel, Bloch, and Chabrier plus two songs for soprano, cello and piano by Pauline Viardot and by Hector Berlioz.

Harry Christophers and the Sixteen will be performing music by secular music by William Cornysh, a pair of motets Philippe da Monte's Super flumine Babylonis and William Byrd's Quomodo cantabimus which were written as complements to each other, and solo songs by Thomas Campion with lutenist David Miller.

The final concert of the three is music by the film composer John Ashton Thomas, who has also written for Temple Church Choir. For this concert Anna Noakes (flute), Roger Chase (viola), Hugh Webb (harp), Trans4mation String Quartet and Roger Sayer (organ) will be performing John Ashton Thomas' jazz-based music including works specially written for the concert.

Full details from Temple Music website.

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