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May 2018

Music and choir

Peter Foggitt

London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

12 - 20 May 2018

From their programme booklet: "The LFCCM was founded in 2002 with the aim of showcasing contemporary liturgical music in both service and concert.  Now in its 16th year the LFCCM has grown to include more than 50 events, dozens of composers, hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members,, both live and online.  This year we're delighted to present premiers of brand new commissions, an exciting array of events in Cambridge, a wide variety of submissions from our increasingly international Call for Scores programme, and more live performances in London than ever before! "

And this year Hampstead Parish Church is taking part as well.

Choir News – May 2018

On Easter Sunday, we bade farewell to Nick Mogg (off to Glyndebourne) and to Kathy Nicholson (just down the road, to the BBC Singers); auditions for their replacements are underway. Musical highlights for May are numerous:

at Evensong on the 6th, Dunstaple’s remarkable setting of the Song of Songs, Descendi in ortum meum, is the anthem;

on the 10th, the combined Junior and professional Choirs offer a vision of paradise from Judith Weir, Ascending into heaven.

The following two Sundays form part of the London-wide Festival of Contemporary Church Music: a new Communion setting by Marco Galvani, an exceptional Nunc dimittis by Oscar Ridout, and Peter Foggitt’s tongues-speaking anthem, Glossolalia, are among the recently-composed works featured – programmed with established classics including Taverner’s The Western Wind Mass and the great eight-voice Magnificat of Hieronymous Praetorius.

Trinity Sunday, at the end of the month, brings with it Byrd’s glorious setting of an elegiac re-writing of Psalm 150, Laudibus in sanctis, and Britten’s ever-popular esoteric hymn to the Creator glorified in his Creation, Rejoice in the Lamb.

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