In this programme of contrasting moods, Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’, the concert’s longest single item, contains elements of both darkness and light. Light out of darkness – actually the title of one of two pieces by Elgar – is the predominant theme of many of the other items; from the broad sweep of Howells’s ‘King of Glory’, through the warm glow of Eric Whitacre’s fine motet, to the nocturnal prayer of Tallis’s sublime miniature. The darkness of despair is most eloquently conveyed by Dering’s poignant motet on the death of Absalom, King David’s son.
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 recently performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St John’s Smith Square, with our patron, Dame Emma Kirkby, as soloist.
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.