7:15pm, Saturday 9 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by Jonathan Harvey
8:00pm, Saturday 9 MayOpening ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by The Joyful Company of Singers, directed by Peter Broadbent. A Celebration of the Choral Music of Jonathan Harvey.
Sunday 10 May
10:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by John Tavener, Gabriel Jackson, Tim Ambler, and Bernard Sanders
10:30am, Sunday 10 MaySolemn MassWestminster CathedralMusic by Jonathan Harvey, Claudio Casciolini, Hans Leo Hassler, and Charles Tournemire
11:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral MatinsThe Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital, ChelseaMusic by Howard Skempton, Kenneth Leighton, and Felix Mendelssohn
4:15pm, Sunday 10 MayOrgan RecitalWestminster CathedralPerformed by Roger Sayer, organ
5:45pm, Sunday 10 MayOrgan RecitalWestminster AbbeyPerformed by James McVinnie, organ
6:00pm, Sunday 10 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Peter Foggitt, Paul Ayres, Deirdre Gribbin, Francis Pott, and Bert Matter
Monday 11 May
1:00pm, Monday 11 MayOrgan RecitalSouthwark CathedralPerformed by Stephen Disley, organ
5:00pm, Monday 11 MayChoral EvensongSt Paul’s CathedralMusic by Alan Ridout and Christopher Symons
9:00pm, Monday 11 MayComplineSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Thomas Tallis, Paul Ramshaw, Simon Brown, Sebastian Forbes, and Andrew McBirnie
Tuesday 12 May
12:30pm, Tuesday 12 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by John McCabe in conversation with Francis Pott
1:15pm, Tuesday 12 MayLunchtime RecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by John McCabe. A celebration of the music of John McCabe at 70: the composer performs a selection of his own works for piano.
5:30pm, Tuesday 12 MayContemporary Dance and Composition EventSt Pancras Parish ChurchThe Primrose Piano Quartet and dancers from The London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) perform new works resulting from collaborations between The London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and student composers from The London College of Music.
Wednesday 13 May
4:00pm, Wednesday 13 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchBroadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Thursday 14 May
12:30pm, Thursday 14 MayPre-Concert DiscussionSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Discussion by composition students from Trinity College of Music
1:15pm, Thursday 14 MayLunchtime RecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by Trinity College of Music choral scholars and students of keyboard and composition, directed by Sean Farrell. Six new student works by Harding, Shenhav, Litherland, Reshetilov, Allen, and Payne.
5:30pm, Thursday 14 MayChoral EvensongSouthwark CathedralMusic by Edmund Rubbra and Huw Llewellyn Morgan
8:00pm, Thursday 14 MayEvening ConcertSt Paul’s Covent GardenSettings of poetry of William Blake by Mike Westbrook, performed by Phil Minton, Kate Westbrook, Karen Street, Billy Thompson, Steve Berry, The Choir of St Pancras Parish Church directed by Christopher Batchelor, directed from the piano by Mike Westbrook. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Adrian Mitchell, 1932 - 2008.
Friday 15 May
12:45pm, Friday 15 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by Jonathan Dove
1:15pm, Friday 15 MayLunchtime RecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by The Choir of St Pancras Church, directed by Christopher Batchelor, with Paul Ayres, organ. A celebration of the music of Jonathan Dove at 50.
5:30pm, Friday 15 MayRecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by University College London Chamber Choir, directed by Charles Peebles. A programme of choral works by James MacMillan and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
7:15pm, Friday 15 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by Michael Finnissy
8:00pm, Friday 15 MayEvening ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by Finchley Children’s Music Group, directed by Grace Rossiter
Saturday 16 May
3:00pm, Saturday 16 MayChoral EvensongWestminster AbbeyMusic by Giles Swayne, Charles Orr, and Jonathan Dove
7:30pm, Saturday 16 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by Katharine von Schubert
8:00pm, Saturday 16 MayGala ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by The Elysian Singers, directed by Sam Laughton
Sunday 17 May
10:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Hugh Collins Rice, Jonathan Dove, Cecilia McDowall, and Alan Smith
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral MatinsThe Chapel Royal, St James’ PalaceAll music by the current Master of The Queen’s Music, or by the current or previous Composer to the Chapel Royal
3:15pm, Sunday 17 MayChoral EvensongSt Paul’s CathedralMusic by Kenneth Leighton, Grayston Ives, and Jonathan Dove
4:45pm, Sunday 17 MayOrgan RecitalSt Paul’s CathedralPerformed by Simon Johnson, organ
6:00pm, Sunday 17 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Sasha Johnson Manning, Gabriel Jackson, Andrew Carter, Robin Walker, Timothy Dickinson, and Kenneth Leighton
As composer and founder-patron of The London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, I have keenly watched it grow from its beginnings more than a decade ago. The Festival quickly became an established and much valued event in London’s musical calendar, bringing proper attention to the vital place of new music in the church’s repertoire. Indeed, it would now be hard to envisage the month of May without the enjoyment of this exciting enterprise.
Sebastian Forbes, composer Patron
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