For our concerts in London and the Bordeaux region we have decided to embrace not only English and French music, but to make an altogether wider musical tour. An exhilarating Spanish villancico contrasts with a heart-rending reflection by an Italian on the Crucifixion. A Flemish immigrant to Italy provides suitably triumphal music for a noble marriage. The Lord’s Prayer, a melody well-known in the Bach household, and a motet of contrasting emotions represent Germany. Music from England – which begins our concert – spans 350 years. We end with music from France: three motets by Bouzignac offer a wide range of colour and texture. The final work by Janequin is simply amazing. Don’t be fooled by its modest title – The Song of the Birds; it is nothing short of an avian concerto, designed to test the singers’ vocal dexterity to the limit. An extraordinary example of early French tweeting….. JJ
Philips: Ascendit Deus
Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
Purcell: Remember not, Lord
Bairstow: Music, when soft voices die
Parry: My soul, there is a country
Homilius: Unser Vater
Schütz: Heu mihi, Domine
Bach: Bist du bei mir
Weelkes: O Lord, grant the King
Greene: I will greatly rejoice
Flecha (attrib): Riu, riu, chiu
Lotti: Crucifixus a 6
De Wert: Or si rallegri
Bouzignac: Heu suspiro; Jubilate Deo; Salve Jesu, piissime
Janequin: Le chant des oiseaux
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.