Following their recent tour to the Site Le Corbusier, near Lyon, the New London Chamber Choir (Musical Director: Matthew Hamilton) presents a programme of British, French and Greek choral music

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Following their recent tour to the Site Le Corbusier, near Lyon, the New London Chamber Choir (Musical Director: Matthew Hamilton) presents a programme of British, French and Greek choral music in the spectacular Roof Studio at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios on Friday 9 November at 7.30 pm.

The programme centres on promises and declarations, both sacred and profane, with the Roof Studio providing an unusual venue for the angular modernism of Xenakis, the slow-moving meditations of his mentor Messiaen and disciple Pascal Dusapin, the soaring religiosity of Harvey and MacMillan, and the poignant earthiness of Britten during his last illness.

Founded in 1981 by James Wood, the New London Chamber Choir (NLCC) is one of Europe’s foremost vocal ensembles. It has given many world and British premieres and, under its current musical director, Matthew Hamilton, continues to commission and promote new work.

The choir has enjoyed close working relationships with composers including Jonathan Harvey, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu and Iannis Xenakis – several of whom have written works especially for it. NLCC has worked with ensembles including Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Champ d’Action, Ictus, Amadinda, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Kreutzer Quartet and Percussive Rotterdam, as well as the Michael Clark, Mark Morris and Rambert dance companies and Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion.

Recent work has included: world premiere of John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty; concerts in London and Oslo with the Norwegian choir Ensemble 96; world premiere of Iain Bell’s The Fatal Fire (and NLCC commission), along with works by Luciano Berio and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, in the Spitalfields Festival; Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel in the London Festival of American Music; works by Toru Takemitsu, John Luther Adams (UK premiere of his Canticles of the Holy Wind) and John Cage in the Brandenburg Festival; and a recording of Frank Denyer’s The Fish That Became the Sun (to be issued in early 2019).

Voices Sacred and Profane

Choral music by Xenakis, Messiaen, Britten, Harvey, MacMillan

7.30 pm – Friday 9 November 2018 Roof Studio, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios (85 St George’s Rd, London SE1 6ER)

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