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Come & Sing: Contemporary - with Cecilia McDowall, Gabriel Jackson & Toby Young

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Holborn Viaduct London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom (map)


Please note that the 8pm concert, given by Reading Phoenix Choir, will go ahead, so please do join us at St Sepulchre's for Evening Song.

A unique Come & Sing event, specifically designed for stronger choral singers looking for a more engaging, challenging day, and an opportunity to learn some brilliant contemporary works with the insight of their composers.
  • Cecilia McDowall A red, red rose; Ave regina; Before the paling of the stars; and Oh No, John! (from A Fancy of Folksongs)
  • Gabriel Jackson Cantate Domino; Justorum animae; The Christ-child; and To Morning
  • Toby Young Love & Harmony and Behold your Mother
Photo credit: Christie Dickason

Photo credit: Christie Dickason

Cecilia McDowall has been described by the International Record Review as having 'a communicative gift that is very rare in modern music'. Often inspired by extra-musical influences, her writing combines a rhythmic vitality with expressive lyricism 'which is, at times, intensely moving'. She has won many awards and has been short-listed several times for the British Composer Awards. Her music has been commissioned and performed by leading choirs, including the BBC Singers, ensembles and at major festivals both in Britain and abroad and has been broadcast on BBC Radio and worldwide.

Photo credit: Joel Garthwaite

Photo credit: Joel Garthwaite


Gabriel Jackson is an English composer and arranger. He is a three-time winner of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors British Composer Award. Since 2010 he has been associate composer with the BBC Singers.


Toby Young is a composer from London. He studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge whilst also being a choral scholar in the King’s College Chapel Choir. He has won numerous competitions, such as the International ABRSM Composition Competition (2009) and the Guardian/BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year (2006 and 2008). Toby's works are performed by renowned ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Fretwork, Britten Sinfonia, CHROMA and Endymion Ensemble, the choirs of King’s College Cambridge, New College Oxford, Westminster Abbey and the BBC Singers.

  • 10.45 Doors open, registration

  • 11.00 Workshop 1

  • 13.00 Break

  • 14.00 Workshop 2

  • 17.00 Break

  • 17.30 Performance

Conductor – David Wordsworth

Dress code for participants is 'smart casual'.

Printouts of music can be provided on the day. We will endeavour to circulate PDFs in advance so that you can look at the music beforehand.

Tickets £25 for participants, £5 for audience.

When you purchase performer tickets please select the correct voice part for each participant.

Please note: Each performer ticket also includes entry to the 8pm concert, when Reading Phoenix Choir complete the day with a selection of classical and lighter numbers.

Earlier Event: January 16
Late Shift at the NPG: Aether Ensemble
Later Event: January 24
Evening Song