Songs of Farewell

November 23, 2016
Time : 7.30pm
Venue : The Temple Church, London
Address : Temple, London EC4Y 7BB
Phone : +44 (0) 20 7427 5641

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Hubert Parry’s moving and expressive set of six pieces, composed towards the end of his life, has long been regarded as one of the choral masterworks of the twentieth century. These Songs of Farewell form the centrepiece of an evening of reflective and contemplative music as the Holst Singers and Stephen Layton return to the beautiful medieval Temple Church. The choir, which has received outstanding reviews for previous Temple Church concerts, will lead a journey from sorrow and repose from 19th-century Germany, through the Songs of Farewell, and concluding with a sense of divine hope in William Harris’ sublime Bring us, O Lord God. The Holst Singers’ unique rich tone and depth of sound, combined with the atmospheric beauty and perfect acoustic of The Temple Church, promise to make this a very special evening and a highlight in London’s choral calendar.

“the hushed sense of awe was simply beautiful… the range of dynamics and vocal colour was impressive… the choir achieved a mystical atmosphere.” *****
Emily Owen, bachtrack.com (The Temple Church, 2014)

“there was a real gorgeousness of sound… the sheer beauty and dynamic range of the choir was stunning.” ****
Robert Hugill, planethugill.com (The Temple Church, 2015)

Cornelius: Requiem: Seele, vergiß sie nicht
Brahms: Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
Rheinberger: Abendlied
Parry: Songs of Farewell
Harris: Bring Us, O Lord God

Stephen Layton director

Watch the Holst Singers performing Frank Martin’s Mass for double choir at The Temple Church in 2015