“Close your eyes and it's close to time travel.” The Independent on Sunday
Silence and Music, Voices of London Festival
St James' Sussex Gardens
07 July 2016, 8pm
Unusually for Gabrieli, this summer’s a cappella programme focuses on secular music, particularly that of twentieth-century England. Taking its title from a Vaughan Williams partsong, the programme will explore settings of glorious poetry and how poets and composers reflect upon the natural world as a metaphor for our own emotional experience.
At the heart of this programme is the complex relationship between man and nature, the bitter-sweetness of a radiant and beautiful dawn creating the same unbearable sadness of a ravishing song, and both with intimations of mortality. It will feature repertoire by Britten, Warlock, Elgar, Stanford and Finzi.
This performance will be immediately followed by recording sessions. We are still fundraising to make this project happen! To support us, please consider joining our friendship scheme or contact us to about how you would like to be involved by emailing Susie York Skinner firstname.lastname@example.org.
The object of my music is not to entertain, but to agonise…
it is the contrast between the sweet and the hard that is heart-rending. Percy Grainger