Fri, 28 Jun|
St Giles Cripplegate
A Midsummer Night's Serenade
Fittingly, a veritable banquet of Shakespeare concludes the 2019 Summer Music in City Churches Festival in this most special venue, his local church.
Time & Location
28 Jun 2019, 19:30
St Giles Cripplegate, Fore St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DA, UK
About the Event
Fittingly, a veritable banquet of Shakespeare concludes the 2019 festival in this most special venue, his local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here performed alongside words (excerpts in abridged form) spoken by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite. Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice for his Serenade to Music; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Walton Henry V Suite
Finzi Love’s Labours Lost
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
London Mozart Players
City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Tama Matheson, narrator*
Rebecca Bottone, soprano
Maya Wheeler-Colwell, mezzo soprano