We're very please to help The Bromley Boy Singers mark their 40th Anniversary year with this spectacular celebratory concert. Tonight sees the World Première of Broadside Ballads, a piece commissioned specially for the choir by James Lark, the Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School, novelist and prominent film and screen composer. James Lark has written for Graham Johnson with the Songmakers’ Almanac, James Bowman, and for the 800th anniversary of Cambridge University, and his works have been performed by the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Trinity College, Cambridge, amongst many others.
In this remarkable new work historical pamphlet texts — 'The New Gagging Bill', ‘Poor Savoyard Boy', 'St. James and St. Giles' etc.— speak of modern, relevant topics — censorship, poverty and immigration — and are set to an intricate and involving musical weave, showcasing each section of the choir depicting what is it like to be a boy in London, past and present. Its complexity demands just the quality of tone, musical sensibility and technical skill The Bromley Boy Singers is renowned for.
Having just returned from a tour to Paris — singing at Notre-Dame Cathedral, L’Eglise de la Madeleine and Disneyland — this special evening with the boys is also a feast of sacred classical and contemporary favourites by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and also three movements from Bob Chilcott’s witty musical take on Aesop’s Fables and Haydn’s glorious motet Insanæ et Vanæ et Curæ — all appealing to the boys' sense for the melodic as well as the dramatic that this programme requires — it will be a night to remember!
Haydn | Insanæ et Vanæ Curæ
Tchaikovsky, arr. Quarnby | Legend (The Crown of Roses)
Elgar | Doubt Not thy Father’s Care
Hawkins, arr. Sirvatka | Goin' up Yonder
(Ascribed to) Caccini, arr. Liebergen | Ave Maria
Mendelssohn-Bartholdi | I Waited for The Lord
James Lark | Broadside Ballads — world première; a special commission
— Something New Starts Every Day
— The New Gagging Bill
— St James and St Giles
— Poor Savoyard Boy
— There’s a Good Time Coming
Chilcott | from Aesop’s Fables
— The Hare and the Tortoise
— The North Wind and the Sun
— The Goose and the Swan
The Bromley Boy Singers
Conductor — Travis Baker
Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) £5 (children) — book online now!
Our premium tickets include a reserved seat (this differs per venue according to acoustic, but is usually 3–5 rows from the front, near the centre aisle), a programme, and a voucher for a drink which can be redeemed either before the concert or during the interval.
A combined ticket for both of this evening's concerts is available, which offers a 25% discount