Londinium - Sea Change

“A quite superb rich blend and balance... a collective conviction and real sensitivity to the text, and an engagement with the varied styles of each composer, that is massively compelling.”

— Nick Barnard, MusicWeb International

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate church

Inspired by Richard Rodney Bennett’s classic Sea Change, a virtuoso evocation of the mystery and majesty of the ocean, Londinium voyages through a stunning selection of music connected with the sea. Along the way we encounter shipwreck (in Mäntyjärvi’s haunting Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae), myths and legends (Coleridge-Taylor’s ghoulish Sea Drift and Brahms’ Vineta), folksongs and shanties, and explore sea journeys as a rich source of metaphor, both religious and secular. Our repertoire ranges from sixteenth-century Italy to the present day, and includes music by Wert, Campion, Parry, Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Gabriel Jackson and Howard Skempton.

Howard Skempton: The Flight of Song
Giaches de Wert: Ascendente Jesu
Edvard Grieg: Ave maris stella
Johannes Brahms: Vineta
Richard Rodney Bennett: Sea Change
Hubert Parry: Crossing the Bar
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae
Thomas Campion: Never weather-beaten sail
Gabriel Jackson: A ship with unfurled sails
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Sea Drift
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Dark Eyed Sailor
Gustav Holst: I love my love
Gustav Holst: Swansea Town


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