A Midsummer Night's Serenade


Friday 28 June, 7.30pm (with interval)

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20 (includes interval drinks)

Fittingly, a veritable banquet of Shakespeare concludes the 2019 festival in this most special venue, his local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here performed alongside words (excerpts in abridged form) spoken by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite.  Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice for his Serenade to Music; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.

Walton Henry V Suite
Finzi Love’s Labours Lost
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music 

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream

London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Tama Matheson, narrator*
Rebecca Bottone, soprano
Maya Wheeler-Colwell, mezzo soprano

*Actors’ commitments are subject to change up to one month before concert date

© 2018 by Summer Music in City Churches

Website by Orchid Media

All photos by Helen Hooker

'Words & Music' calligraphy by Rosalind Wyatt

Artistic Directors: Jenny Robinson and Ian Maclay (Kestrel Music Promotions)

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