2021 Festival Programme

SUNSHINE AFTER RAIN
Summer String Serenade

Thursday 17 June, 7.30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20

 

The London Mozart Players with pianist Mark Bebbington open the festival with a programme of glorious British music for strings.

Generously supported by The John Ireland Trust

Artists:

 

Mark Bebbington, piano

Simon Blendis, leader/director 

London Mozart Players

Programme:

 

Britten: Simple Symphony 
Ireland: Downland Suite
Finzi: Eclogue 
Holst: St. Paul's Suite
Elgar: Serenade for Strings

Long Ago and Far Away

Friday 18 June, 7.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20

Some of the most captivating songs ever written by a host of legendary composers - Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Rogers & Hart and more - brought to life in a series of gorgeous new arrangements.

Artists:

 

Mary Carewe, vocalist
Graham Bickley, vocalist
Andrew Vinter, piano

Programme:

 

Classic songs of love and romance by Jerome Kern,

Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Rogers & Hart

and more...

On Wenlock Edge

Saturday 19 June, 7.00pm

St Bartholomew the Great

Tickets £20

 

An Anglo-French programme of lyrical songs by Poulenc, Walton, Chaminade and Finzi, culminating in Vaughan Williams’ evocative song cycle, presented with Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood’s award-winning shadow-play animation.

On Wenlock Edge has been officially selected for six film festivals and this is a rare chance to see it screened as originally conceived, with a live performance as soundtrack, and the film edited live as the music is played. The film creates a story connecting the six songs, and drawing on the life of the poet A E Housman, whose poems are the texts for the cycle.

Programme:

 

Poulenc: Les Chemins de l’amour

Poulenc: Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon
Walton: Three Façade Settings
Finzi: 'Budmouth Dears', 'Shortening Days' and 'The Dance Continued' from A Young Man's Exhortation
Chaminade: Attente

Chaminade: La lune paresseuse

Chaminade: Écrin
Chaminade: Viens, mon bien-aimée
Chaminade: Automne

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge

Artists:

 

Daniel Norman, tenor

Anna Cavaliero, soprano
Sholto Kynoch, piano

Choral Evensong

Sunday 20th June, 5.00pm

St Bartholomew the Great

Free admission

The Choir of St Bartholomew the Great for Choral sings Choral

Evensong under the direction of Rupert Gough.

Artists:

 

St Bartholomew the Great Choir

Rupert Gough, Music Director

Programme:

 

Walton: Set Me As A Seal Upon Thine Heart

Leighton: Responses

Leighton: The Second Service

Howells: Like as the Hart

Parry: Fantasia and Fugue in G

'Spirit of Eternal Sunshine' - Dvořák's American Quartet

Tuesday 22nd June, 1.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £10

A delightful lunchtime programme featuring the quartet which “reflects” (in the words of Dvořák scholar Jaroslav Holeček) “the happy, restful moments and the magic of the beautiful countryside that the composer would walk every day of his stay there, usually beginning shortly after sunrise.” 

Artists:

 

Brother Tree Sound Quartet: 

Anna de Bruin, violin 
Thea Spiers, violin
Peter Mallinson, viola
Julia Graham, cello

Programme:

 

Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 64 no 5 'Lark'

Nobuto: ‘Skip’ (live premiere)
Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

I, CLARA: Clara Schumann - A Life in Music

Wednesday 23 June, 7.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20

Created to celebrate 200 years since Clara Wieck Schumann’s birth in 1819 and premiered at Kings Place in October 2019, I, Clara tells her extraordinary life story in her own words. 

Clara Schumann was a truly exceptional woman, not just a devoted wife to the composer Robert Schumann, but a ground-breaking musician in her own right. Over six decades she gave over 1,500 concerts and determined the format of the piano recital that is familiar to us today.

As a child prodigy, she was groomed for stardom by her piano teacher father, Friedrich Wieck and was dazzling audiences throughout Europe by the age of eight. She married Robert against her father’s wishes and became the mother of eight children. When her husband declined tragically into mental illness and attempted suicide, she continued both to run the household and to make an international concert career to support the family.

Clara championed the works of her husband and of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms and many others, but was also herself a talented composer, producing a piano concerto, numerous solo piano works, chamber music and songs.

For more information, please visit: http://lucyparham.com/project/i-clara-composer-portrait

Artists:

 

Lucy Parham, piano 
Joanna David*, narrator

Scripted by Lucy Parham

Programme:

 

The narrative of I, Clara, drawn from letters and diaries, is interspersed with live performances of her works, and of

music by Robert Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn,

and Chopin.

Lunchtime with Poulenc

Thursday 24 June, 1.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £10

Sparkling, elegant Poulenc - perfect for lunchtime escapism. Explore Poulenc's chamber music for winds and piano with Mark Bebbington and woodwind principals from leading London orchestras.

Artists:

 

Mark Bebbington, piano

Emer McDonough, flute

John Roberts, oboe

Jonathan Davies, bassoon

Programme:

Poulenc: Sonata for Flute & Piano
Poulenc: Sonata for Oboe & Piano
Poulenc: Trio for Piano, Oboe & Bassoon

 

Fascinating Rhythms: A Celebration of Vocal Jazz Standards

Thursday 24 June, 7.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20

International recording and concert artists Michael Dore and Jacqueline Barron - both former Swingle Singers - perform unusual and original arrangements of Gershwin, Arlen, Porter and Rodgers through to contemporary classics of Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel & Michael Bublé

Artists:

 

Michael Dore, vocalist
Jacqueline Barron, vocalist
John G Smith, piano

Zoltan Dekany, bass

Programme:

 

A Celebration of Vocal Jazz Standards

Royal Philharmonic Brass

Friday 25 June, 7.00pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20

Rousing, majestic music for brass quintet and organ played by the principals of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Artists:

 

Mike Allen, trumpet

Adam Wright, trumpet
James Pillai, horn
Rupert Whitehead, trombone
Kevin Morgan, tuba


Iestyn Evans, organ

Programme:

 

Henry VIII: Suite 
Kevin McKee: Escape 
J S Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C 
Arnold: Quintet no.1 
Hollins: Trumpet Minuet 
Gigout: Grand Choeur Dialogue 
Guilmant: March on a Theme of Handel 
Gershwin: Song Selection 
Karg-Elert: Wunderberbarer König 

Finale: Sunshine after Rain

Saturday 26 June, 6.30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £20; children under 16 £10

(recommended minimum age: 6)

 

A family concert for choir with jazz piano trio - full of rain, sun and rainbows, including Flanders & Horovitz's Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo. 

Artists:

 

City of London Choir

Njabulo Madlala, baritone

Andrew Vinter, piano

Andrew Pask, bass

Mike Smith, drums

Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor

Programme:

 

George Shearing: Songs & Sonnets from Shakespeare 
Horovitz/Flanders: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo 
Arlen: Over the Rainbow

....and songs of sunshine and rain

Support

We are deeply grateful to CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, M&G Investments, the John Ireland Trust, the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, the Keyboard Charitable Trust, Jaques Samuels Pianos and all our supporters for making this first year of Summer Music in City Festivals possible. We are grateful to the clergy, churchwardens and administrators of St Giles Cripplegate, St Bartholomew the Great, St Stephen Walbrook, St Mary-le-Bow and St Bride's for all their help and support.