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Spem in alium by candlelight

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ UK (map)
Our final concert of the 2016 Autumn Series is another delight, as Benjamin Goodson brings together two of his choirs - the Lea Singers and the Choir of Somerville College Oxford - for this hour-long programme of beautiful choral music. Tallis's ever-spectacular 40-part motet by Tallis, Spem in alium, is framed by Schubert's charming Mass in G and four gems of German Romantic choral music.
  • Schubert Mass in G
  • Tallis Spem in Alium
  • Bruckner Christus factus est; Os justi; Ave Maria
  • Brahms Geistliches Lied

This concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval.

Lea Singers
Choir of Somerville College, Oxford
Organ - Michael Papadopoulos
Conductor - Benjamin Goodson

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).

This concert is supporting Community Focus.


The Lea Singers are a Harpenden-based chamber choir of 30 singers. The group’s aims are to achieve high standards of singing and performance, and to contribute to the local community: in 2014 the singers launched their Summer Singing Festival, to create an event where local singers meet, discover and sing together. The choir’s annual programme typically includes 6-8 concerts in the Harpenden area and further afield, a cathedral tour, open singing days and the occasional recording, as well as loyal patronage of a range of local hostelries….
The Choir of Somerville College, in its present form, was founded by Francis Knights (Director of Chapel Music) and Sam Bayliss (Organ Scholar/College Organist) in 2001. The choir sings in the college chapel every Sunday during term and performs regularly in concerts organised by Somerville Music Society. In recent years the choir has sung services and concerts at Worcester, Southwark, Winchester, Wells, Blackburn, Coventry and St. Paul's cathedrals. The choir has recently returned from a successful concert tour of New York City and Washington DC.
Benjamin Goodson has been Director of Chapel Music at Somerville College since 2015, and conducted the Lea Singers from 2011 - July 2016. He is also conductor of the award-winning Bath Camerata, and is in demand all over the UK and Europe as a conductor and chorusmaster: he takes up his new role as Director of the Rundfunkchor Berlin in September 2016.

Earlier Event: November 17
Haydn Creation by candlelight
Later Event: December 30
Handel Messiah by candlelight