Sunday 12th May     6pm

CHORAL EVENSONG FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER:

The Heart of Compassion

THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH  Directed by Adrian Boynton

Led by Revd Wendy Carey

This beautiful service for the season of Easter features music by Stanford, Mathias, and a glorious setting of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Hugh Blair (former organist of Worcester Cathedral)

Freewill offering



Sunday 19th May     7.30pm

LYRA VOCAL ENSEMBLE:

Marina Busse (soprano)  Zlata Gogol (contralto)

Aleksander Shagun (tenor)  Alexander Urbanovitch (bass)

A programme of Russian Sacred Music, classic songs and arias and superb arrangements of Russian folk songs, featuring the music of

SCHUBERT                    GRIEG

TCHAIKOVSKY             RACHMANINOV

DARGOMYZHSKY        SVIRIDOV

SISOEV                            VILBOA

We are delighted to welcome LYRA vocal ensemble to the City Church as part of their 2019 UK tour. The four members of the group, based in St Petersburg, are among Russia's most talented and distinguished solo singers. As LYRA, they have toured the world, and won plaudits in international competitions. The first part of the groups programme ranges from traditional music of the Russian Orthodox Church, through choral masterworks of the Romantic era and Twentieth Century, to great arias and popular classics of both the Russian and European traditions. The second part of the programme features Russian folk songs in all their variety - lyrical songs and love songs. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these fine musicians.

Admission by programme at the door £10 (concession £9.50, child £1)



Monday 20th May    7.15pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES:The English Revival

HERBERT HOWELLS  (1892-1983)

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Howell's mature style is a fusion of many things English, from Parry to Walton. His early chamber works reveal both a natural poet in sound and a musician keenly alive to structure. His songs are among the finest by English composers in the Twentieth century. Outstanding church music demonstrates his love of choral texture in a resonant acoustic, with many works written for particular buildings. The crowning glory of his output are the great works for choir and orchestra, 'Stabat Mater', 'Missa Sabrinensis', and his masterpiece, 'Hymnus Paradisi', a visionary and inspired work written in response to the death of his 9 year old son from spinal meningitis.Admission £5 (student £1) at the door



Thursday 30th May       7.15pm 

EXPLORING MUSIC:

MENDELSSOHN  (i)  The Early Years to 1833

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Mendelssohn's gifts were phenomenal. He was a superb pianist, a good violinist, an exceptional organist, and an inspiring conductor, with an amazing musical memory. His genius as a composer led Bulow to describe him as the most complete master of form after Mozart. Tonight we survey the works of his teens and early twenties, including the Piano Quartets in C minor and F minor (the first of these written at the age of 13), the exhilarating Octet (his first 'mature' work, written at the age of 16), String Quartets in Eb and A minor, beautiful songs and solo piano pieces, the overtures 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' and 'The Hebrides' (Fingals Cave'), Piano Concerto in G minor and 'Reformation' Symphony.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door