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Duruflé

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Requiem

Howells English Mass

Thursday 23rd June 2011, 7.30pm St. John’s, Smith Square City of London Choir London Mozart Players Hilary Davan Wetton conductor Mark Williams organ Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano Supported by the Herbert Howells Trust

ST. JOHN’S, SMITH SQUARE LONDON SW1P 3HA

Tickets £24, £20, £15, £10

(concessions £2 off face value; groups of 10 or more: 10% off )

Tel: 020 7222 1061 www.sjss.org.uk


ST. JOHN’S, SMITH SQUARE LONDON SW1P 3HA

General Manager: Paul Davies The Box Office is open for advance bookings from 10am to 5pm (until 6pm on concert days) Monday to Friday. Advance bookings cannot be made after 6.00pm or at weekends/bank holidays. Tickets available from the Box Office, St. John’s Smith Square £24, £20, £15, £10 (concessions £2 off face value; groups of 10 or more: 10% off ) from the Box Office, St. John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA. Please enclose SAE. Tel: 020 7222 1061. Online: www.sjss.org.uk Mastercard, Visa and Maestro accepted. Booking fees: By telephone £2.00 per transaction (£1.50 to Friends of St. John’s). Online £1.50 per transaction. The Restaurant (& Bar) in the Crypt is open from 5.30pm. Tel. 020 7222 2779. St. John’s, Smith Square Charitable Trust, registered charity no. 1045390. Registered in England. Company 3028678. Promoter: City of London Choir (registered charity no. 265024) www.cityoflondonchoir.org

Duruflé’s Requiem is deservedly one of the most popular choral works of the twentieth century. Rooted in Gregorian chant, it creates a timeless, mystic soundworld of intense luminosity. Like Fauré, Duruflé rejected the hellfire and brimstone model of the requiem mass and preferred instead a more contemplative, ethereal evocation. Richly varied choral and orchestral writing is illuminated by moments of intense drama and the eloquent mezzo-soprano solo in the Pie Jesu. Duruflé’s exact contemporary Howells also drew inspiration from the church in which he worked. His writing owes much not just to the Tudor predecessors he so admired, but to the very architecture of the English cathedral and the effect of voices in resonant spaces. This will be a concert to nurture the soul.

4N ‘at their sublime best, the close-textured voices soared to the chancel roof ’ The Observer, describing the City of London Choir in 2009

4N ‘the youthful City of London Choir under its director Hilary Davan Wetton proved that magic could be kindled . . . Marta Fontanals-Simmons had an intense, expressive and attractive voice’ BBC Music Magazine, November 2010


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