Voxcetera and Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra
Following several popular collaborations, Voxcetera chamber choir and the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra will return to the stunning St Martin-in-the-Fields for a concert culminating in Mozart's final masterpiece.
Opening the concert, Voxcetera will contrast ancient and modern settings of sacred texts: Ave Verum Corpus, as composed by both William Byrd and Mozart, will be followed by Roderick Williams' extraordinary "re-imagining" of Byrd's setting, which stretches, layers and complicates Byrd's phrases and harmonies, building to defiant and swaggering climax.
Contemporary Swiss composer Carl Rutti's O Nata Lux follows Thomas Tallis' setting composed over 400 years earlier. Tallis' measured Te Lucis Ante Terminum contrasts with Henry Balfour Gardiner's grandly melodramatic Evening Hymn. And Byrd's Sanctus and Benedictus from Mass for Five Voices find a hypnotic, ecstatic response in Ola Gjeilo's London Sanctus. The concert will also feature a favourite of both ensembles: the Icelandic Heyr, himna smiður by Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson.
Adam Johnson will conduct both ensembles, joined for the Requiem by soprano Luci Briginshaw, Icelandic mezzo soprano Arnheiður Eiríksdóttir, tenor Oliver Martin-Smith and bass Adam Marsden. The organist is Graham Thorpe.
London WC2N 4JJ
Tuesday 17 April 2017, 7:30pm.
Book tickets here: www.smitf.org