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2023 Festival Programme

Legends & Heroes
Classical Heroes 

Thursday 8 June, 7.30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £25 (£12.50 under-25s)


The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays three titans of the classical repertoire - Figaro, Emperor, Jupiter - with pianist Elizabeth Sombart and conductor Pierre Vallet.




Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elizabeth Sombart, piano                        
Pierre Vallet, conductor



Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551 'Jupiter'

In Memory of a Hero

Friday 9 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £10 (£5 under-25s)

The Tier3 Trio perform Tchaikovksy’s only Piano Trio, op.50 in A Minor, in memory of a personal friend and hero, Nikolai Rubenstein. 



Tier3 Piano Trio:


Joseph Wolfe, violin

Jonathan Ayling, cello

Daniel Grimwood, piano



Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op. 50.

 - À La Mémoire D'Un Grand Artiste

The Goldberg Legend

Wednesday 9 June, 6pm

St Stephen Walbrook

In aid of the Samaritans 

Stephen Farr performs Bach's extraordinary Goldberg Variations, preceded by a conversation with the Reverend Richard Coles.



J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations


Stephen Farr, harpsichord

Choral Evensong

Sunday 11 June, 5.30pm

St Bride's 

Free Admission 

St Bride’s Choir performs music by Purcell in one of Sir Christopher Wren’s finest buildings,

marking the 300th anniversary of the great architect's death. 



Robert Jones, director
Benjamin Giddens, organ
Choir of St Bride's



Purcell: Evening Service in B flat
Purcell: "O God, thou art my God"
and music by John Weldon

Henry V & Façade

Monday 12 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £10 (£5 under-25s)

The Berkeley Ensemble perform a programme of music by William Walton, including his much loved Façade, 100 years to the day since its premiere. With grateful thanks to the Walton Trust.



The Berkeley Ensemble

Jonathan Gunthorpe, speaker
Sarah Gabriel, speaker 
David Wordsworth, conductor 




Walton: Henry V Suite 
Walton: Façade (centenary performance) 

Piano Legends 

Tuesday 13 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £10 (£5 under-25s)

A delightful programme of music depicting heroes and legends in richly lyrical works for solo piano by Liszt, Wagner, Debussy, Poulenc and Franck. 



Mark Bebbington, piano 


Liszt: Legend No. 1 (from Deux légendes)

 - St. Francis of Assisi's sermon to the birds
Debussy: Préludes

  • La cathédrale engloutie 

  • General Lavine – eccentric

  • Feux d’artifice

Poulenc: Improvisation No. XV in C minor

 - 'Hommage à Edith Piaf'
Wagner (trans. Liszt): Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Franck: Prélude, Chorale and Fugue

Classical Changes

Tuesday 13 June, 7pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £18 (£9 under-25s) 

The Art Deco Trio reinvent Classics with a jazz twist. Numbers include Bite of the Flumblebee, Saturday in the Park with Elgar and Arrival Revival, after Wagner, Handel, Beethoven, Gerswhin and many more. The trio is made up of three friends and colleagues who have performed together in many of the UK's top venues, and individually with many leading orchestras and conductors.



Art Deco Trio:
Iain Farrington, piano              
Peter Sparks, clarinet                
Kyle Horch, saxophone



after WAGNER Valerie Takes a Ride
after RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Bite of the Flumblebee
after ELGAR Saturday in the Park with Elgar
after BEETHOVEN Elise's Blues
after HANDEL Arrival Revival
...and more.

Fire! The Great Fire of London 

Wednesday 14 June, 12.15 & 1.45pm

Holy Sepulchre Church 

Tickets £10 (£25 under-25s)

The story of the Great Fire of London in song. Professional orchestra and soloists and a children's choir present this wonderful musical, full of show-stopping songs and historical fun. Marks the 300th anniversary of Sir Christopher Wren in a church rebuilt by him after the Fire destroyed it. Organised by the Classical Road Show. 



London Mozart Players 
Benjamin Pope, conductor 
David Leonard (Samuel Pepys) 
Annabelle Brown (his maid, Jane) 



Richard Brown: Fire!

Gods of Music

Wednesday 14 June, 7pm

St Lawrence Jewry 

Tickets £15 (£7.50 under-25s)

Two heavenly string quartets performed by Brother Tree Sound string quartet. Tragic heroism permeates one - Beethoven suggests inspiration from Romeo & Juliet - while Ravel's quartet was considered divine by mentor Debussy: “In the name of the gods of music, do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.” 



Brother Tree Sound String Quartet



Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18

Pantheon: Nelson Mass and Bliss Pastoral

Wednesday 15 June, 7.30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Tickets £25 (£12.50 under-25s)


Bliss's rousing convocation of Greek deities, paired with Haydn's mighty Nelson Mass. A feast of glorious music with fabulous soloists for the festival finale, and Hilary Davan Wetton's swansong with the City of London Choir. 



City of London Choir
London Mozart Players
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Rachel Nicholls, soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano
Mark Wilde, tenor
James Cleverton, baritone
Ileana Ruhemann, flute



Bliss: Pastoral. Lie Strewn the White Flocks 
Haydn: Mass No. 11 in D Minor, ‘Nelson Mass’

Grateful thanks to Shehara de Soysa for graphic design of Legends & Heroes
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