Venue : Merton College Chapel, Oxford
Address : Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD
Following a sell-out performance at St Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral, London in November 2015, the Holst Singers, led by Stephen Layton, will give a performance of the splendid and iconic Rachmaninoff’s All-night vigil in the beautiful chapel of Merton College, Oxford. All-night vigil, actually just an hour in duration and commonly known simply as his ‘Vespers’, was 100 years old in 2015.
The Holst Singers are no strangers to this stunning work, having performed it many times over the decades, nor to the extended Russian repertoire. Their albums of Russian and Eastern European music, ‘Ikon’ (Hyperion, 1997) and the follow-up ‘Ikon II’ (Hyperion, 2010), have received widespread critical acclaim. They also recorded Grechaninov’s Vespers in 1998 to similar acclaim, and gave a five star-rated concert of music from Russia and Eastern Europe at The Temple Church, London in May 2014 (read a review here).
The combination of the Holst Singers’ expertise in performing Russian music, the centenary of the All-night vigil‘s first performance, and the beauty of the performance venue will make this a memorable concert not to be missed.
Chapel: £15 / £10 (unwaged) / £7.50 (students)
Ante-Chapel (restricted view): £12.50 / £7.50 (unwaged) / £5 (students)
Available online from TicketsOxford and in person/by phone from the Oxford Playhouse box office (01865 305305).
Some restricted view tickets are still available from BrownPaperTickets.
Stephen Layton conductor
Here’s a sample of what you can expect to hear. An extract of a movement from the Vespers taken the Holst Singers album ‘Ikon II’: