The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin take the Proms to the ‘Musicians’ Church’, Holy Sepulchre London (aka St Sepulchure-without-Newgate), where Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood first learnt the organ and was later laid to rest.
This varied conspectus of 20th-century English choral music opens with the setting of lines by the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, that Walton composed for the unveiling of the church’s Henry Wood memorial window in 1946. Thea Musgrave’s Rorate Coeli joins the programme alongside works by Elizabeth Maconchy and Judith Weir.
BBC Singers | Sofi Jeanin, conductor
William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
Benjamin Britten: Sacred and Profane
John Ireland: The Holy Boy(3 mins)
Thea Musgrave: Rorate coeli(11 mins)
Elizabeth Maconchy: Three Donne Songs – No. 1: A Hymn to God the Father
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth
Judith Weir: Missa del Cid
Joanna Lee: At this man’s hand (BBC commission: world premiere)
There will be no interval