Programme and performers announced for Intermusica Charity Concert!
There’s now less than a week to go before Intermusica’s Charity Concert in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation, and we’re delighted to announce our full programme and performers.
From the Renaissance strains of Monteverdi to the luscious sonorities of Elgar, this programme will showcase the unique talents of the Intermusica staff team, along with guest appearances from our esteemed artists.
Highlights include a piece composed by Intermusica’s Head of International Touring, Peter Ansell, as well as a performance of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ unforgettable Farewell to Stromness by Intermusica Managing Director, Stephen Lumsden. The evening will culminate in Brahms’ stunning Geistliches Lied, originally written for choir and organ, and heard here in a special arrangement for string orchestra and choir by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
7 – 8.15pm, followed by post-concert drinks
St James’ Church, Islington
Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Crystal Wharf Singers* (Intermusica choir)
de Visée & Monteverdi Selected songs
Julian Gregory (The King's Singers**), tenor / Peter Martin*, theorbo
Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Stephen Lumsden*, piano
Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op.15 (arr. Shaw)
Rachel Walters*, piano / Katherine Walters, piano
Piano Duet – TBA
Martin James Bartlett**, piano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Peter Ansell* Summer Night
Susanna Hurrell**, soprano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op.20
Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta * (Intermusica string orchestra)
Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (arr. John Eliot Gardiner**)
Crystal Wharf Singers / Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta
* Intermusica staff / ** Intermusica artists
We are thrilled to be joined by a number of representatives from Pelican Cancer Foundation, including CEO Sarah Crane and Head of Community Fundraising, Tim Lockwood, who will tell us more about Pelican and the positive impact of fundraising initiatives such as these.
This concert has been reported in the Islington Gazette and Classical Music magazine, and has received support from the Association of British Orchestras.
Tickets can be purchased online here for a suggested donation of £10 or minimum donation of £5, or on the door (cash only). For those who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit Pelican's website here and type 'Intermusica' in the text box within the form; this will ensure that your donation is credited to our campaign.
We very much hope you will support Intermusica and Pelican by coming along on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you for a drink afterwards!
The King's Singers join Intermusica for general management
Intermusica is delighted to announce general management of the world-renowned vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, to take effect from 1 January 2019 following twelve successful years of management with Music Productions Ltd.
The King’s Singers, formed of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, were founded in 1968 and celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018. They are consistently welcomed on the world’s great stages today and have been throughout their history. They are ambassadors for musical excellence and innovation around the globe.
The King’s Singers’ most cherished trademarks are precision of their craft and musical diversity. They have consistently accumulated many glowing reviews, as well as two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, with over 100 recordings to their credit. They continue to perform over 100 concerts a year to a wide international fan-base across Europe, North America and throughout Asia.
The group’s ongoing commitment to new music has led to some extraordinary collaborations. Specially commissioned works include those by Sir John Tavener, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly and Eric Whitacre. In recent times, former King's Singers Philip Lawson and Bob Chilcott have also written many pieces for the group.
The King’s Singers have always sought to expand their repertoire, not just for themselves, but for ensembles and choirs of all kinds, worldwide. The group regularly leads workshops across the world, as part of their international touring programme, while week-long residential courses on both sides of the Atlantic now also take an important place in their annual calendar.
The King’s Singers say:
"We are thrilled to be joining the Intermusica family after a hugely successful relationship with Music Productions, who have guided us for over 12 years with great skill and care. Huge thanks are due to Claire Long and her team for the hard work that has put The King's Singers in such a strong position going into our 50th Anniversary in 2018. In looking to the future we are excited to be working with an industry-leading team at Intermusica and know that the group is in very safe hands as we begin our second half-century."
Stephen Lumsden, Managing Director, Intermusica, says:
“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming The King’s Singers to Intermusica. They have for decades been a byword for high standards and versatility across an enormously varied and colourful repertoire and we are thrilled to be embarking on this new relationship with them. As they celebrate 50 years of achievement in 2018, we are already planning life in the second half of their first century which we anticipate will not only be full of more great music-making but also ground-breaking and innovative projects”.
Claire Long, Managing Director, Music Productions Ltd, says:
“It has been a great honour and pleasure to work with The King's Singers since 2005. Music Productions Ltd’s tenure will run until the end of The King’s Singers' 50th anniversary season – King's Singers GOLD – in 2018. Having worked closely with the group for well over a decade, we felt that this would be a good moment to step back and allow a new chapter to unfold as the group head into their next 50 years. It is hard to imagine a more fitting combination of creative energy, skills and contacts than offered by their new General Managers at Intermusica who will represent them from 1 January 2019, and we wish them every success."