Music about music

Music about music


November 3, 2024    
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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Sankt Annæ Pl. 4, Copenhagen, 1250

This November we turn our attention to music. Of course, you always do that when you sing in concert, but here we have selected a number of works which, rather than singing about nature, the seasons, love or Our Lord, are for the most part about….the music itself.

An almost unavoidable work in such a program is of course the English composer Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, a tribute to the patron saint of music, which is celebrated in the Catholic Church on 22 November. And the program is also entirely centered on British composers: from the Renaissance you will find a group of six madrigals such as Sing we and chant it by Thomas Morley and The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons (about the swan that sings its first and last song) . Among the stepping stones on the road to the present, we find, for example, Edward Elgar’s There is sweet music. And from our own time we sing Sing to the moon by the singer and choir director Laura Uvula, Now may we sing by Cecilia McDowell (who has been called one of the leading choral composers of her generation), Wild Musick by Raxana Panufnik (which last year received a lot of attention , because she had composed part of the music for the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla) and Cecilia Virgo by James MacMillan (who is one of the most celebrated choral composers of our time, whose works are popular all over the world).



Arcadelt Il Bianco e dolce cigno
Thomas Weelkes Hark all ye lovely saints above
Thomas Morley Sing we and chant it
Edward Elgar There is sweet music, op 53
James MacMillan Cecilia Virgo
Orlando Gibbons The silver swan
Laura Mvula Sing to the moon
Arthur Sullivan The long day closes
Biebl Ave Maria
Benjamin Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Cecilia McDowell Now may we singen
Roxana Panufnik Wild Musick



Conductor Sofi Jeannin
Sopran Ann-Christin Wesser Ingels, Kate Macoboy, Mari Øyrehagen
Alto Hanne Marie le Fevre, Laura Lamph, Elenor Wiman
Tenor Luís Toscano, Kristoffer Appel, Jakob Skjoldborg
Bas Asger Lynge Petersen, Rasmus Kure Thomsen, Mikkel Tuxen
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