Programme 2019 - Words & Music

Thursday 20 June
Voice & Verse

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 7.30pm


Settings of poetry by Finzi, Stanford,

Vaughan Williams, Pearsall, Elgar, Britten and Parry and more.

Texts include poems by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Bridges, Milton, Beaumont & Fletcher.

City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Richard Gowers, organ
Thomas Humphreys, baritone

Friday 21 June
Star Cross'd Lovers

St Stephen Walbrook, 7pm


Songs of love and devotion by Campion, Dowland, Humfrey & Purcell 

Grace Davidson, soprano
David Miller, lute


Saturday 22 June
Mad Dogs & Englishmen

St Mary le Bow, 7.30pm


From green, rolling hills to thrilling, historic London; from seaside to stage... this is a celebration of the peculiarly English way of life and love. With music by composers including Henry Purcell, Noel Coward, Lennon and McCartney, Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Sting;  words by  T.S. Eliot, John Masefield, W.H. Auden, John Dryden, Don Black and William Shakespeare.

Mary Carewe & Michael Dore, vocalists
Philip Mayers, piano

Sunday 23 June
Shakespeare: Take Him
For All in All


Walking Tour, 2.30pm

This 'companion to Shakespeare' tour celebrates how London shaped the life and work of William Shakespeare, on both sides of the river.

Sunday 23 June
Choral Evensong:
One Equal Music
St Bride's, Fleet Street, 5.30pm

Including settings of texts by Donne, Bridges, Bunyan and Herrick


The Choir of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, directed by Robert Jones

Monday 24 June
Let Us Garlands Bring

St Lawrence Jewry, 6.45pm


Settings of poetry for solo voice and piano. Includes:

Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel

Finzi Let us garlands bring: Five Shakespeare Songs

and songs by Quilter, Britten and Ireland.          

Thomas Humphreys, baritone
Raya Kostova, piano


Tuesday 25 June
All the World's a Stage


St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 1.00pm


Piano recital including:

J. S. Bach/M. Hess 'Jesus bleibet meine Freunde' BWV 147
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet op.75
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev The Nutcracker Suite                          

Nicola Losito, piano 

Tuesday 25 June
Echoes of Shakespeare


Walking Tour, 2.30pm


This tour features readings that evoke significant moments in the life and works of William Shakespeare - playwright, poet and Londoner.

Tuesday 25 June
Beethoven - The Man Revealed

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 6.45pm


Writer and broadcaster John Suchet introduces the evening's concert with a talk on Beethoven the man: the complex, tortured, passionate man behind some of the greatest music ever written.

Tuesday 25 June
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 5 ('Emperor')

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 7.30pm


Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 1 and 5 (‘Emperor’), arranged for string quintet

Elizabeth Sombart, piano
Principals of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Wednesday 26 June
Elégie: Rachmaninoff, A Heart in Exile

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 7.30pm


Pianist Lucy Parham's acclaimed ‘Composer Portraits’ chronicling the life of composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Scripted from letters and diaries, and including many of his best-loved works for solo piano, as well as works by Scriabin and Tchaikovsky.

Lucy Parham, piano
Tim McInnerny, narrator

Thursday 27 June
Lunchtime Piano Recital 


St Lawrence Jewry, 1.00pm


JS Bach Sheep may safely graze
Debussy Clair de Lune
Debussy Prélude ‘La Cathédrale  engloutie' 

Ireland Sarnia - an Island Sequence

Mark Bebbington, piano

Thursday 27 June
Echoes of Shakespeare


Walking Tour, 2.30pm


This tour features readings that evoke significant moments in the life and works of William Shakespeare - playwright, poet and Londoner.

Thursday 27 June
Façade & 
Carnival of the Animals

St Lawrence Jewry, 7.30pm

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Walton Façade - an Entertainment   (poems by Edith Sitwell)

Sam West, narrator
Ben Pope, conductor
London Mozart Players

Friday 28 June
A Midsummer Night's Serenade

St Giles-without-Cripplegate, 7.30pm


Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Walton Henry V Suite
Finzi Love’s Labours Lost
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Tama Matheson, narrator
Rebecca Bottone, soprano

Maya Wheeler-Colwell, mezzo 

© 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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