In the Beginning

St George's Bloomsbury, London
4:30 pm, Sunday, 21 January, 2018


What better way to start the year than with a concert focused on new beginnings? This hour-long recital takes our audience on a musical journey reflecting on the biblical story of creation, with works echoing the seven days of creation. Our programme, directed by Associate Musical Director Jessica Norton, features popular and lesser-known works, ranging from William Harris’s glorious Faire is the Heaven to Granville Bantock’s Sea Sorrow and John Tavener’s The Lamb. It culminates with In The Beginning, a beautiful and rarely heard work by Aaron Copland for solo voice and choir that sets the Genesis creation story with expressive and innovative word-painting.

The concert takes place in the beautiful 18th-century surroundings of St George’s Church, Bloomsbury. Admission is free and unticketed, with a retiring collection.

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth…

William Harris – Faire is the Heaven

First day: Light

Eric Whitacre – Lux aurumque

Second day: The sky

Michael Tippett – Dance, Clarion Air

Third day: The seas and the land

arr. Jonathan Quick – Loch Lomond

Granville Bantock – Sea Sorrow

Fourth day: The sun, moon and stars

Einojuhani Rautavaara – La luna asoma

Fifth day: The birds and fish

Charles Villiers Stanford – The Bluebird

Sixth day: Animals and humans

John Tavener – The Lamb

Carlo Gesualdo – O vos omnes

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good…

Aaron Copland – In the Beginning


Venue details

St George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square