Bach to Betjeman

The Sussex Song Makers, directed by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis

Friday 27th April 2018 at 7.30pm

St Paul’s Covent Garden (“The Actors’ Church”), Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

We are looking forward to entertaining you with another evening of choral music, brought to you in partnership with Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. The Sussex Song Makers, directed by Elizabeth Muir-Lewis, will bring you a feast of music and poetry.

The evening offers a real mix, and includes Fauré’s sublime Cantique de Jean Racine, Mozart’s sparkling Laudate Dominum, Hungarian and Spanish Songs, and songs, arias and duets by Bach, Binge, Mendelssohn, Quilter and Schubert, to name but a few. In between musical offerings, these multitalented singers will perform some of their favourite poetry, making this concert a true celebration of words and music, and bound to contain something for everyone. Accompaniment will be provided on the piano by Jennie Beckwith and on the violin by Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard. Full programme details are below.

Taking place on Friday 27th April 2018 at “The Actors’ Church”, St Paul’s Covent Garden.

Brandenburg Choral Festival will kindly donate 50% of standard price ticket sales, bought through the link below, to us.

Tickets cost £23 (premium, includes reserved seat, programme and drink), £18 (unreserved), or children £5.

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This concert is part of The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, the capital’s biggest and
broadest annual celebration of all things choral, presenting over 100 high-quality concerts each year.


Full Programme

Saint Alphonsus Liguori | Tu scendi dalle stelle
Antonio Cesti | In Torno al’ idol mio (from the opera Orontea)
Francesco Durante | Danza, danza fanciulla gentile
POEM: “A Thing of Beauty” by John Keats
Claudio Monteverdi | Chiomo D’oro
Franz Schubert | Holy, holy, holy (from the Requiem)
Franz Schubert | To Music
Giacomo Carissimi | Piangete ohime
POEM: “She walks in beauty” by Lord Byron
Johann Sebastian Bach | I will praise the Lord (duet from Cantata 37)
POEM: “The Stillness of the World” by Lars Gustafsson
Johann Sebastian Bach | Lord, see the good works of my heart (duet from Cantata 9)
POEM: “Edifying thoughts of a tobacco smoker” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach | Laughing and Shouting for Joy (duet from Cantata 15)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Laudate Dominum


Traditional Spanish | La Paloma Yradier
Ronald Binge | Where the gentle Avon flows
Edward McDowell | To a wild rose (from Ten Woodland Sketches)
Traditional folksong | Oh no John
Camille Saint-Saens | Ave Maria
Roger Quilter | Go lovely Rose (from Five English Love Lyrics op. 24)
POEM: “A Subaltern’s Love Song” by John Betjeman
Roger Quilter | Weep you no more
Felix Mendelssohn | On Wings of Song (from Six Songs)
Gabriel Faure | Cantique de Jean Racine
POEM: “The naming of cats” by T.S. Eliot
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs | Five Eyes
Matyas Seiber | This Old Woman (from Three Hungarian Folk Songs)

Sussex Song Makers

Jennie Beckwith — piano
Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard — violins
Elizabeth Muir-Lewis — Conductor


“Bach to Betjeman”, a feast of music and poetry
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