St John’s Smith Square, London
As part of the Holy Week Festival curated by the choir Tenebrae, the Choir of Royal Holloway under the direction of Rupert Gough will give an hour’s recital at London’s St John’s Smith Square in March 26th. Called “Into the Night”, the programme is an exotic mix of sacred and secular music features composers from the USA, Lithuania and Latvia. The opening works by Ēriks Ešenvalds and René Clausen set evocative American poetry by Sara Teasdale and Walt Whitman. Appropriately for Holy Week the images of night and death are intertwined as the programme moves from Morton Lauridsen’s three Nocturnes to a setting of the Tenebrae responsory by Lithuanian Vytautas Miškinis and concludes with settings of contemporary Latvian poetry.
Ēriks Ešenvalds Evening
René Clausen A clear midnight
Morton Lauridsen Nocturnes
Vytautas Miškinis Dum medium silentium
Vytautas Miškinis Tenebrae
Arturs Maskats Lugums naktij ‘Prayer to the night’
Ēriks Ešenvalds Long Road
See more about the concert and book tickets here.
The choir’s website is www.chapelchoir.co.uk