• Apr
    • 17
    • 2014

Concert Report: Brandenburg Choral Festival

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“On April 10th we sang our second concert as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival in one of London’s most unique churches, St Dunstan-in-the-West, set in the heart of the city. Celebrating the late Sir John Tavener, who died in November 2013, our programme featured three of his seminal choral works – ‘Song for Athene’, ‘The Lamb’ and ‘Funeral Ikos’ – and two slightly lesser known pieces – ‘As One Who Has Slept’, a transcendental reflection on Orthodox Liturgy described by the composer as a work of “awe, silence and expectation” and ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, a simple spiritual setting which closed the concert. Interspersed between these were works by some of the finest British composers of the 20th Century – Herbert Howells’ ‘Haec Dies’, Vaughan Williams’ ‘Valiant for Truth’ and James Macmillan’s glorious ‘Christus Vincit’ – as well as ‘This Marriage’ by new composer, Ed Rex, who was in fact singing with us for the concert! Proceeds from this performance went towards two virtuous causes, the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation and The Marfan Trust, which we were delighted to support.”

Catherine Harrison
 
Reverie also received two outstanding reviews for this performance:

“Reverie’s mellifluous vocal blend and evenness of phrasing perfectly captured the fusion of spirituality and mystery” Seen and Heard International

“The choir produced a remarkably pure yet full bodied sound that brought the gloriously crunchy harmonies fully to life… The real strength of Reverie’s performance was their ability to engage” Planet Hugill – A World of Classical Music

Listen to Reverie perform Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’ live at St Dunstan-in-the-West: