23rd January 2022, 6.20pm
at St Anne's Church, 125 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6RG
27th March 2022 7.30pm
St Mark's Church, Hamilton Terrace NW8 9UT
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
Sergei Rachmaninoff colourfully depicts nature’s awakening in his early cantata Spring. This work features material originally penned for his famous Piano Concerto No. 2, and coincidentally was written after a period where he felt ‘paralysing apathy’ after the critical failure of his first symphony. We will be the first to sing this cantata in a brand new arrangement for piano duet (four hands on one piano) by Hamish Brown.
Igor Stravinsky’s setting of Psalms 39, 40 and 150, written in south-east France in 1930, is a unique combination of ancient and modernist sounds. The three movements were described by the composer as: "The prayer of the sinner for divine pity", "The recognition of grace received", and "Hymn of praise and glory". The piano duet arrangement is by Dmitri Shostakovich, made for his class at the Leningrad Conservatory. Shostakovich rated Stravinsky the greatest composer of the Twentieth Century.
26th June 2022
Handel Dixit Dominus