In the first of today's finale concerts we welcome the fantastic choir of Eton College and conductor Tim Johnson. With Eton's long-established choral tradition this is sure to be a fine performance of Vivaldi's Gloria, with accompaniment by resident ensemble Brandenburg Sinfonia and soloists drawn from the choir. To begin the concert, the instrumentalists will perform two masterpieces by Mozart, his dramatic Adagio and Fugue in C minor and the charming Divertimento in F, both for strings. In between they will be joined by Lydia Griffths for Marcello's beautiful Oboe Concerto.
- Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C minor; Divertimento in F
- Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor
- Vivaldi Gloria in D major
Choir of Eton College
Oboe - Lydia Griffiths
Conductor - Tim Johnson
This concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval.
Tickets £14 (unreserved) available from the St Martin's box office - call 020 7766 1100 or book online.
NB a reduced price combined ticket for this evening's two concerts is available - please call the St Martin's box office (25% discount).
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
“A staggeringly good school choir: 50-strong, beautifully balanced, alert, intelligent, well-tuned, passionate and sensitive.”
Richard Morrison - The Times
Eton College is an all-boys boarding school founded in 1440 by King Henry VI in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the same time he founded its sister college, King’s College Cambridge, and gave each its chapel in magnificent Perpendicular style. The Foundation of Eton College provided 10 men and 16 boys to sing the services, and, with a few breaks, the choir has been singing in Eton College Chapel from then until the present day.
Although singing for services in the College Chapel remains the choir’s principal duty, increasingly the choir can be heard further afield. Each year the choir embarks on an international tour, with recent destinations including South Africa, China, USA, Japan and India. In March 2016 the choir visited Leipzig, where they sang for Holy Week services in both the Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche.
As well as concerts abroad, the choir performs regularly in the UK, with recent concert venues including St George’s Chapel Windsor, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall. The choir has performed with leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Academy of Ancient Music, as well as smaller instrumental groups such as the viol consort, Fretwork.
Radio and television work has included choral evensong on BBC Radio 3, peformances on BBC Songs of Praise, NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show and on two episodes of David Starkey’s BBC series Music and Monarchy. The choir has recorded regularly on both the Signum and Herald labels. Their latest CD on the Signum label will be released later this year.