Saturday 13 May 7pm
The celebrated chamber choir Vivamus, one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras The Hanover Band, and acclaimed conductor Rufus Frowde (Organist of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace) perform a vibrant programme of English music, dominated by the splendour of English Baroque in the works of George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell.
We are at 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus.
In the week following the Coronation of King Charles III, the concert opens with Handel’s most-celebrated coronation anthem Zadok the Priest. This is juxtaposed with the music of the Georgian composer William Harris (Faire is the Heaven) and John Tavener (Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch), alongside the London premiere of Rufus Frowde’s ‘Were I not to sing’.
The performance is in the Wren church of St James’s Piccadilly, a church which was consecrated just a few years before the composition of Purcell’s Ode on St Cecilia’s Day 1692 (“Hail! Bright Cecilia”) – the centrepiece of the programme, a work which showcases choral and instrumental virtuosity in a dramatic depiction of the birth and personality of instruments and song.