Inspirational composer and dear friend to Stephen Layton and the Holst Singers – Veljo Tormis – died on Saturday. He leaves a great legacy in the form of his works, the people he taught and the revitalised tradition of folksong in Estonia and beyond. Here’s a clip from the monumental work ‘Helletused’, or ‘Childhood memory (herding calls)’.
Holst Singers can never be accused of resting on their laurels. On Thursday 10 April, we performed a late-night concert of Sir John Tavener’s a cappella choral music at Christ Church Spitalfields. The concert was incredibly well-received and showcased our versatility, concentration and ability to emote through the music.
The very next night, we turned our talents to something completely different: a ceilidh at Cecil Sharp House in Camden! Benefiting from the tutelage of the esteemed caller, we danced the night away with reckless abandon and had an absolute ball. Highly recommended for a good workout, burning calories and generally working up a sweat.
Tickets are now on sale for The Holst Singers’ performance of Handel’s ‘Israel in Egypt’. The concert will take place at St. John’s, Smith Square, London, at 7:30pm on Thursday 19 June 2014. The Holst Singers will be joined by The Brook Street Band and six of the most exciting young soloists on the choral scene. Stephen Layton will be conducting.
This marks the start of what has the potential to be a monumental undertaking. The idea is to attempt to present all of Handel’s major oratorios at St. John’s, Smith Square, over the course of the next seven years. Stephen Layton’s renowned and innovative interpretations of choral repertoire make the prospect of this plan truly mouth-watering. They are concerts that are not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you there on 19 June 2014!