Filmed in beautiful locations around the world and accompanied by suitcases bursting with exclusive performances, LIVE From London’s tenth festival offers you ‘a drop of golden sun’.
Host ensemble VOCES8 features in four of the nine concerts and begins by taking you exclusively behind-the-scenes on the group’s European summer tour. Barnaby Smith leads VOCES8 and members of its Foundation Choir in a Byrd 400 celebration which includes his Mass for Five Voices sung by Apollo5. Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir is the centrepoint of VOCES8 and its VOCES8 Scholars’ concert filmed from idyllic Milton Abbey. The group’s final concert sprinkling of Stardust pairs Britten (arr. Imogen Holst) Rejoice in the Lamb conducted by Barnaby Smith, alongside the world premiere of To Sing of Love, a new concerto written for Jack Liebeck and The VOCES8 Foundation Choir and Orchestra by popular American composer Taylor Scott Davis.
Internationally renowned festival newcomers include Wishful Singing in concert with composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo, Tafelmusik performs Mozart and Haydn with star Baroque violinist Rachel Podger, and Chamber Choir Ireland conducted by Eamonn Dougan, unveils a beautiful programme of Sir James MacMillan and his influences, ‘O Radiant Dawn’ – prefaced by an interview with the composer himself. Making a requested return, I Fagiolini sings of The Seasons in its engagingly dramatic programme ‘Au Naturel’, and Mary Bevan and Davina Clarke present a Handel concert of ‘Sweet Stillness’ from their recent album release.
Nine concerts featuring six centuries of stunning repertoire, filmed in locations from Toronto to Denmark, Dorset and Dublin – LIVE From London Summer 2023 almost certainly includes ‘a few of your favourite things’.