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High Art to Hoe-down!

  • St Stephen Walbrook 39 Walbrook London EC4N 8BN United Kingdom (map)

The Cecilian Singers have always had a reputation for variety in their programmes. Here they have excelled themselves.

High Art is represented by exquisite motets from home-grown Tallis and Byrd, and international Renaissance Man Orlandus Lassus. They also offer the only a cappella vocal music ever written by Debussy, and Edward Naylor's monumental Vox Dicentis. Rubbing shoulders with all this beautiful music are songs by Cole Porter, Vincent Youmans, Jerome Kern, plus the fabulous Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen. The programme also features traditional songs from Britain and America, culminating in a stationary performance of a hoe-down (well, THE CECILIAN SINGERS were never noted for their ability to move!).

Inspired by Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, this aptly named chamber choir of thirty mixed voices has been gracing the musical scenes of this country and abroad for thirty three years. Although the choir are based in Leicester, many of its members travel an extraordinary number of miles to join their Music Director, Jeremy Jackman for his all day Saturday workshops, together with intervening rehearsals taken by their Répétiteur, Guy Turner. All members have had wide experience of choral singing and many also have a high reputation as soloists.

Musica Dei Donum Optimi | Lassus
Sing Joyfully | William Byrd
O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth | William Byrd
Loquebantur Variis Linguis | Thomas Tallis
Ich Hab Dich Lieb | Orlandus Lassus (edited: Jeremy Jackman)
Among The Leaves So Green, O | English Folk Song (arr. John Byrt)
Early One Morning | Trad. English Folk Song (arr. Jeremy Jackman)
Black Sheep | Trad. American Lullaby (arr. John Rutter)
Sourwood Mountain | Tennessee Folk Song (arr: John Rutter)
VOX DICENTIS: CLAMA | Edward Woodall Naylor


TROIS CHANSONS | Claude Debussy
Let's Do It | Cole Porter (arr David Blackwell)
Just The Way You Look Tonight | Jerome Kern (arr. Anne Marshall)
Tea For Two | Vincent Youmans (arr. Peter Gritton)
Over The Rainbow | Harold Arlen (arr. Guy Turner)
Night And Day | Cole Porter (arr. Andrew Carter)

Please note this is a change from the original programme ‘Three Continents’, as advertised in the Spring 2019 brochure.

In association with The Music Club of London

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The Cecilian Singers
Jeremy Jackman
— Conductor

Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) £5 (children) — call our box office on 07528 776625 or 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 27
Mozart Requiem by candlelight
Later Event: May 1
Birds of Paradise