6:45pm, Saturday 9 MayPre-concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchTim Reader, Conductor of the Epiphoni Consort and composers David Bednall and Alexander Campkin talk to Christopher Batchelor ahead of tonight’s Opening Concert.
7:30pm, Saturday 9 MayOpening ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchThe Epiphoni Consort opens 2015’s Festival with an inspiring mix of contemporary choral works inspired by the Song of Songs. Music by Nico Muhly, Gabriel Jackson, Howard Skempton, Robert Walker, Francis Grier, Carl Rütti, and Alexander Campkin.
Sunday 10 May
10:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by David Truslove, Peter Foggitt, Cecilia McDowall, and Nicholas O’Neill
10:30am, Sunday 10 MayChoral EucharistSt George’s BloomsburyMusic by Jill Jarman
11:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral EucharistSt Marylebone Parish ChurchMusic by Jonathan Dove, Jonathan Rathbone, and Nicholas O’Neill
11:00am, Sunday 10 MaySolemn MassSt Alban-the-Martyr, HolbornMusic by Edward Batting, Ronald Corp, and Arvo Pärt
11:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral MatinsThe Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy
11:00am, Sunday 10 MayChoral EucharistOld Royal Naval College ChapelMusic by Harry Palmer and Will Handysides
11:30am, Sunday 10 MayMorning ServiceMethodist Central HallFeaturing music by Kim Andre Arnesen
6:00pm, Sunday 10 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Andrew-John Bethke, Kerry Yong, Jonathan Dove, William Petter, and Robert Hanson
Monday 11 May
1:00pm, Monday 11 MayOrgan RecitalSouthwark CathedralMusic by Anton Heiller, Francis Jackson, and Olivier Latry
5:15pm, Monday 11 MayChoral EvensongSt George’s Chapel, WindsorMusic by Philip Radcliffe, Bob Chilcott, and Howard Skempton
5:30pm, Monday 11 MayChoral EvensongSouthwark CathedralMusic by Noel Rawsthorne, Bryan Kelly, and Huw Llewellyn Morgan
9:00pm, Monday 11 MayComplineSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Paul Ayres, Simon Brown, Oliver Morrell, Roxanna Panufnik, and David Buckley
Tuesday 12 May
1:15pm, Tuesday 12 MayOrgan RecitalLincoln’s Inn ChapelMusic by Olivier Messiaen, William Cole, Ben Comeau, Richard Wagner, Billy Cobham, and Maurice Duruflé
5:30pm, Tuesday 12 MayChoral EvensongKing’s College LondonMusic by Robert Busiakiewicz, Gareth Wilson, and Antony Pitts
Wednesday 13 May
10:30am, Wednesday 13 MaySeminar with Professor Ben Quash and Francis PottKing’s College LondonProfessor of Christianity and the Arts at KCL Ben Quash is joined by guest composer Francis Pott and leads a lively dialogue on the challenges of writing church music today.
1:00pm, Wednesday 13 MayChoral EucharistKing’s College LondonMusic by Gareth Wilson and Francis Grier
3:30pm, Wednesday 13 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Richard Pantcheff, Paul Burke, Toby Young, Kerry Andrew, and Gregory Rose
Thursday 14 May
1:15pm, Thursday 14 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Richard Arundel, Daniel Knaggs, Tim Ambler, and Ron Hannah
2:45pm, Thursday 14 MayHymnody WorkshopSt Pancras Parish ChurchHymnody is the musical backbone of Christian worship. What makes a good hymn? Is it the text or the tune or a combination of both? Christopher Batchelor and The Revd Gordon Giles workshop and sing hymns,including submissions from the 2015 Festival’s Call for scores, with the choir of St Pancras Church.
8:00pm, Thursday 14 MaySolemn Choral EucharistSt Michael and All Angels Bedford ParkMusic by David Hall, Colin Mawby, and Nils Greenhow
8:00pm, Thursday 14 MayEvening RecitalSt George’s BloomsburyThe Choir of St George’s Bloomsbury present a diverse programme of works including the concert premiere of Jill Jarman’s St George’s Mass and William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices.
Friday 15 May
12:45am, Friday 15 MayPre-concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchPeter Foggitt chats to Christopher Batchelor about the music in today’s lunchtime recital.
1:15pm, Friday 15 MayLunchtime RecitalSt Pancras Parish ChurchWilliam Petter and Peter Foggitt perform a lunchtime recital of sacred music for solo tenor and piano, including works by Paul Ayres, Martin Eastwood, Peter Foggitt and John Ireland.
5:30pm, Friday 15 MayRush Hour ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchUCL Chamber Choir performs works by James Macmillan and Sally Beamish
6:00pm, Friday 15 May“The Supper at Emmaus”: Promenade ConcertThe National GalleryThe LFCCM Festival Singers present an innovative, promenade concert inside The National Gallery. Beginning with Caravaggio’s masterpiece “The Supper at Emmaus”, the choir leads the audience from painting to painting, interspersing contemporary mass settings with Renaissance favourites, providing musical context for the gallery pieces.
Saturday 16 May
4:00pm, Saturday 16 MayConcertBloomsbury Central Baptist ChurchThe Hermes Experiment and Ben Morriss perform this afternoon programme of music by Bach, Arvo Pärt, Olivier Messiaen, Stephen Williams, and Jonathan Woolgar for soprano, harp, clarinet, double bass and organ.
6:45pm, Saturday 16 MayPre-Concert TalkSt Pancras Parish ChurchAn introduction to the the programme performed by The Marian Consort in tonight’s Gala Concert.
7:30pm, Saturday 16 MayGala ConcertSt Pancras Parish ChurchThe Marian Consort presents a programme of contemporary works influenced by composers of the Renaissance, including music by Gabriel Jackson, Lennox Berkeley, Cecilia McDowall, and the London premiere of Emily Levy’s “In paradisum” for consort, chamber choir and children’s choir, written especially for The Marian Consort and juxtaposing texts from the Latin Requiem Mass with poetry by Andre Dubus on themes of loss, hope, and consolation.
Sunday 17 May
10:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral EucharistSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Francis Pott, Sebastian Forbes, and Janet Wheeler
10:30am, Sunday 17 MaySolemn MassWestminster CathedralMusic by Cecilia McDowall
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral EucharistChrist Church, ChelseaMusic by Robin Burlton, Louisa Sullivan, James Walton, Gareth Wilson, and Robert Busiakiewicz
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral MatinsHM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court PalaceMusic by Philip Moore and Andrew Gant
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayChoral MatinsThe Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital, ChelseaMusic by Nicholas O’Neill, William Petter, and Olivier Messiaen
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayHigh MassSt Magnus the MartyrMusic by William Petter and Peter Foggitt
11:00am, Sunday 17 MayHigh MassAll Saints, Margaret StreetMusic to include a tribute to John McCabe
4:45pm, Sunday 17 MayOrgan RecitalWestminster CathedralWestminster Cathedral’s Assistant Master of Music Peter Stevens performs Messiaen’s L’ascension
6:00pm, Sunday 17 MayChoral EvensongSt Pancras Parish ChurchMusic by Jonathan Dove, Gareth Wilson, Michael Finnissy, Francis Grier, and Cecilia McDowall
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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