4:00pm, Saturday 12 MayOrgan RecitalBloomsbury Central Baptist ChurchPerformed by Christian Wilson, organ
5:00pm, Saturday 12 MayChoral EvensongWestminster AbbeyMusic by John Tavener
7:00pm, Saturday 12 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPre-Concert Talk by Andrew Gant and Paul Spicer
7:30pm, Saturday 12 MayOpening ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchPerformed by Sonos Chamber Choir, directed by Andrew Gant. A programme of music by Andrew Gant and Paul Spicer.
Sunday 13 May
10:00am, Sunday 13 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Richard Pantcheff, Alexander Campkin, David Bednall, Paul Burke, Cecilia McDowall, and Thomas Hyde
11:00am, Sunday 13 MayChoral MatinsThe Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital, ChelseaMusic by Michael Finnissy and Judith Weir
11:00am, Sunday 13 MayChoral MatinsThe Chapel Royal, St James’ PalaceMusic by Andrew Gant, Philip Moore, James MacMillan, and Andrew Simpson
3:30pm, Sunday 13 MaySolemn VespersWestminster CathedralMusic by Roxanna Panufnik
4:45pm, Sunday 13 MayOrgan RecitalWestminster CathedralPerformed by Michael Bonaventure, organ
6:00pm, Sunday 13 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Matthew Martin, Phillip Cooke, Joseph Phibbs, Peter Foggitt, and Francis Jackson
Monday 14 May
1:15pm, Monday 14 MayLunchtime RecitalSt George’s BloomsburyPerformed by Consortium 5, ensemble-in-residence at St George’s Bloomsbury. Programme includes the world premiere of a new commission by Robert Fokkens for recorder quintet, mezzo-soprano, and baritone.
5:15pm, Monday 14 MayChoral EvensongSt George’s Chapel, WindsorMusic by James MacMillan and Julian Anderson
9:00pm, Monday 14 MayComplineSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by David Bednall, Simon Brown, Antony Pitts, and Paul Ayres
Tuesday 15 May
11:00am, Tuesday 15 MaySeminarKing’s College LondonProfessor Ben Quash and Edward Wickham discuss the relationship between theology and music
1:00pm, Tuesday 15 MayLunchtime RecitalOld Royal Naval College ChapelPerformed by The Chapel Choir of TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, directed by Richard Tanner. Music includes premieres by composers Aled Start, Caroline Heslop, Tim Maryon, Declan Kolakowski, Will Handyside, and Michael Andrews.
1:15pm, Tuesday 15 MayOrgan RecitalLincoln’s Inn ChapelPerformed by Thomas Allery, organ. Programme includes works by Arvo Pärt, Mateus Alves, and the premiere of a new work by Antony Pitts for the Orgelbüchlein project.
1:15pm, Wednesday 16 MayLunchtime RecitalRoyal HollowayPerformed by The Choir of Royal Holloway, directed by Rupert Gough. A programme themed around light and darkness.
1:15pm, Wednesday 16 MayOrgan RecitalThe Temple ChurchPerformed by Greg Morris, organ
3:30pm, Wednesday 16 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchBroadcast live on BBC Radio 3
Thursday 17 May
1:15pm, Thursday 17 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchChoral Eucharist for Ascension Day
4:00pm, Thursday 17 MaySong RecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchRichard Wilberforce, countertenor, and Léon Charles, organ and piano, perform songs by Graham Ross and Thomas Adès
5:30pm, Thursday 17 MayChoral EucharistSouthwark CathedralMusic by Judith Bingham and Gerald Finzi
6:15pm, Thursday 17 MayChoral EucharistRoyal HollowayMusic by Cecilia McDowall and James MacMillan
Friday 18 May
12:45pm, Friday 18 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Bartholomew the GreatPre-Concert Talk by David Wordsworth
1:15pm, Friday 18 MayLunchtime ConcertSt Bartholomew the Great“Gabriel Jackson at 50”: a celebration of the music of Gabriel Jackson, performed by The Choir of St Pancras Parish Church, directed by Christopher Batchelor.
3:45pm, Friday 18 MayTea-Time ConcertSt Paul’s Covent GardenThe Choir of St Clement Danes Primary School perform hymns, modern and traditional gospel songs.
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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