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From Bach to Betjeman

  • St Paul's Church, Covent Garden Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED United Kingdom (map)

The Sussex Song Makers return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with another innovative programme of music and poetry, and take us on a journey From Bach to Betjeman.

The repertoire this evening is a real mix, and includes Fauré’s sublime Cantique de Jean Racine, Mozart’s sparkling Laudate Dominum, Hungarian and Spanish Songs, and songs, arias and duets by Bach, Binge, Mendelssohn, Quilter and Schubert, to name but a few. In between musical offerings, these multitalented singers will perform some of their favourite poetry, making this concert a true celebration of words and music, and bound to contain something for everyone. Accompaniment will be provided on the piano by Jennie Beckwith and on the violin by Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard.


Saint Alphonsus Liguori | Tu scendi dalle stelle
Antonio Cesti | Intorno all'idol mio (from the opera Orontea)
Francesco Durante | Danza, danza fanciulla gentile
POEM: "A Thing of Beauty" by John Keats
Franz Schubert | Holy, holy, holy (from the Requiem)
Franz Schubert | To Music
Giacomo Carissimi | Piangete ohime
Henry Purcell | The Witches' Duet (from Dido and Aeneas)
POEM: "She walks in beauty" by Lord Byron
Johann Sebastian Bach | I will praise the Lord (duet from Cantata 37)
POEM: "The Stillness of the World" by Lars Gustafsson
Johann Sebastian Bach | Lord, see the good works of my heart (duet from Cantata 9)
POEM: "Edifying thoughts of a tobacco smoker" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach | Laughing and Shouting for Joy (duet from Cantata 15)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Laudate Dominum


Traditional Spanish | La Paloma Yradier
Ronald Binge | Where the gentle Avon flows
Edward McDowell | To a wild rose (from Ten Woodland Sketches)
Traditional folksong | Oh no John
Camille Saint-Saens | Ave Maria
Roger Quilter | Go lovely Rose (from Five English Love Lyrics op. 24)
POEM: "A Subaltern's Love Song" by John Betjeman
Roger Quilter | Weep you no more
Felix Mendelssohn | On Wings of Song (from Six Songs)
Gabriel Fauré | Cantique de Jean Racine
POEM: "The naming of cats" by T.S. Eliot
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs | Five Eyes
Mátyás Seiber | This Old Woman (from Three Hungarian Folk Songs)

Sussex Song Makers
Jennie Beckwith piano
Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard violins
Elizabeth Muir-Lewis — Conductor

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.

Earlier Event: April 24
Fauré Requiem
Later Event: April 28
A Patchwork Requiem