The centrepiece of our concert features music for double choir that is heart-meltingly beautiful. Rheinberger, a contemporary of Brahms, was in charge of the music at the church in Munich where Lassus, three centuries earlier, had been Music Director. Conscious of this legacy, Rheinberger uses his own romantic musical language, but controls the musical shapes of the Mass in a way that a Renaissance composer would recognise. Debussy and Ravel each wrote one set of part-songs: their subject matter ranges from wit to woe, and the craftsmanship is superb. The programme also contains two motets by Parry from his Songs of Farewell. The composer poured his heart and soul into these pieces, giving us the opportunity to revel in his subtle harmonies and soaring melodies.
Our programme begins and ends with traditional music. Folk songs contain some of the finest melodies ever ‘written’, and each of our four offerings is a fine illustration of the arranger’s art.
The English Baroque Choir is one of the finest amateur choirs you will find in London.
We perform a wide range of repertoire, from the 15th century right through to the present day, in intelligent, well-structured concert programmes.
We most recently performed Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at St John’s Smith Square.
In 2013 the choir commissioned a new work, Psalm-Cantata by John McCabe CBE, and proudly gave the premiere performance in St John’s Smith Square.