Choir of King’s College, London
Joseph Fort conductor
John Tavener The Hymn of the Unwaning Light
Rachmaninov Vespers: All Night Vigil
As the First World War raged in 1915, Rachmaninov was horrified by the xenophobia that surrounded him. A genuine patriot, he remembered the sound of the church choirs he loved as a child and composed his All-Night Vigil (or Vespers) as a symbol of all that was most true and valuable in his culture, offering the first performance in aid of war relief. The result was a masterpiece – a deeply moving work grounded in ancient traditions but with something to say to every new generation. Introduced by a stirring piece from John Tavener, sung in procession as candles are lit, this performance by one of the country’s top choirs will be followed by a collection for the Voices of Children charity, which provides psychological support to children who have witnessed war in Ukraine, as well as financial support for their families.
‘Astonishing intensity and musicality’ Gramophone
‘English choral singing at its best’ Choir and Organ
£20 • £15 • £5 (UNDER 25)
St Mary’s Church, Thirsk.
This performance will last around 60 minutes with no interval. After the concert there will be a collection for the Voices of Children charity.