An exquisite evening of Venetian and English choral music

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music Brass Ensemble have joined forces to perform much-loved works by Schütz and Purcell alongside two world premieres.

The programme, A Portrait of Venice, includes a new piece by RAM PhD student Carter Callison called Spheres of Reverberation. You can listen to some of Carter’s compositions on his website.

For a little taste of what to expect, watch the Choir of Clare College perform Purcell’s Hear my Prayer below.

Renowned conductor and composer Elgar Howarth has also written a piece for the occasion called Venice – A Portrait inspired particularly by Gabrieli whose 400th anniversary was last year. Howarth formed the Manchester New Music Group with fellow composer Peter Maxwell Davies, and went on to build a reputation as a keen trumpeter following performances at the Royal Opera House and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. However, it was his conducting that caught the attention of Ligeti who then asked him to premiere Le grande macabre (Ligeti’s only opera). And did you know it was Howarth that provided the trumpet parts to The Beatles’ 1967 recording of Magical Mystery Tour?!

Catch this exquisite performance of old and new works in A Portrait of Venice on Friday 21 June at Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s), from 7.30pm-9.15pm.


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