Wednesday 21 July 2021

Autumn season at Temple Music: intimate Mahler, Alehouse Sessions, Historical Fiction and more

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Temple Music concert in Middle Temple Hall
Temple Music Foundation has announced its Autumn 2021 season of concerts in Temple Church and Middle Temple Hall, with 'fingers tightly crossed' that 'full capacity concerts, interval socialising and musicians congratulating each other with an embrace at the end of another stunning performance' will be possible.

From September to December there are eight, highly varied concerts. Soprano Grace Davidson and saxophonist Christian Forshaw start things off with Historical Fiction from their album of Baroque arrangements. American pianist Jeffery Siegel brings one of his Keyboard Conversations concerts, events which mix performance with Siegel's introductions and a lively Q&A, whilst Harry Christophers and The Sixteen return with Tudor sacred music. Pianist Julius Drake is joined by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and tenor Stuart Jackson for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, a rare chance to hear the symphonic song-cycle in more intimate form. 

Temple Youth choir performs Romantic choral music, then Tom Guthrie joins Barokksolistene for one of their amazing Alehouse Sessions [see my interview with Tom where we chat about these events]. Temple Singers (the adult choir at Temple Church) are joined by alumni from Genesis Sixteen for a programme of large-scale unaccompanied choral music including Tallis' Spem in alium. Thomas Allery, director of the Temple Singers, brings his Ensemble Hesperi for a programme of 18th century music by composers who lived within sight of Temple! [see my 2019 interview with members of Ensemble Hesperi]. And the season ends with the annual performance of Handel's Messiah.

Full details from the Temple Music website.

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