Town & Country

Inspired by Richard Rodney Bennett's Town and Country, chmaber choir Londinium's spring programme explores the age-old pull between urban and rural life. We experience the lure of the city in music about Venice (Andrea Gabrieli and Judith Bingham), Paris (Lassus), and - above all - London, whether seen resplendent from the water (Arthur Bliss' River Music), wreathed in a Dickensian pea-souper (Geoffrey Bush's Fog), or viewed as a den of vice (Leighton's London Town). Meanwhile Thea Musgrave's On The Underground, Set 3 paints an evocative picture of a simpler rural existence, and Thomas Tomkins urges us to escape to the country, which we celebrate in delicious folk-song arrangements by Vaughan Williams and Bairstow, and with Britten's vivacious, colourful Five Flower Songs.

Andrew Griffiths - conductor

Kenneth Leighton: London Town
Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Somervell: Linden Lea
Geoffrey Bush: Fog
Ludwig Senfl: Das Geläut zu Speyer
Thomas Crecquillon: Dedens Tournay
Orlande de Lassus: Paisible domaine
Arthur Bliss: River Music
Thea Musgrave: On the Underground, Set 3: A Medieval Summer
Thomas Tomkins: Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers
Benjamin Britten: Five Flower Songs
Andrea Gabrieli: Ecco Vinegia bella
Judith Bingham: Aquileia
Arr. Bairstow: The Oak and the Ash
Richard Rodney Bennett: Town and Country

Event date: 
Friday, 27 March 2020 - 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: 
'Earlybird' discount: £12; Full price: £15; Students & Children: £10
St John's Waterloo
73, Waterloo Road
SE1 8TY London
United Kingdom