• Choir - Gallipoli to the Somme

    Choir – Gallipoli to the Somme

    13th June 2018
    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    The Parliament Choir is a cross-party choir of MPs, Peers and staff on the Parliamentary Estate.

    They have invited us to attend the London premiere of a new work commemorating ANZAC troops in WWI.

      The Lark Ascending
      Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
      Gallipoli to the Somme

    Simon Over conductor
    Annabel Drummond violin
    Allegri Quartet
    Anna Leese soprano | Jon Stainsby baritone
    The Parliament Choir
    City Choir Dunedin (New Zealand)

    Sometimes the simplest music can be the most powerful. From a lone violin line and a plaintive melody of centuries before, Vaughan Williams spins gold in his two most-loved masterpieces. A century later, the young New York composer Jessie Montgomery makes her own mark with the same string forces as the Tallis Fantasia, echoing another age-old melody in a new light.

    Celebrating the unsung heroes of the Great War, Anthony Ritchie likewise harks back to humble idioms. His exquisite oratorio resounds with the music of everyday folk, including carols and ballads sung in the trenches. Here too a solo violin abounds, depicting a fabled New Zealand soldier who took his instrument to the frontline.

    Music’s power to unite us across cultural and political divides is celebrated in the Parliament Choir, comprising members of both Houses of Parliament and staff of all parties, and in the international mix of Southbank Sinfonia’s players.

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