In the Midst of Life

St Botolph's Bishopsgate, London
7:30 pm, Saturday, 9 March, 2019

St Botolphs Bishopsgate

A concert of sacred music ranging from the sixteenth century to our own, and from Britain across Europe. The first half of our programme centres on Allegri’s Miserere, his famous setting of Psalm 51. We contrast it with a version by Sir James MacMillan, one of Britain’s foremost  contemporary choral composers, which treats the same text in a movingly expressive way. The second part of the concert presents anthems in praise of the Virgin Mary, from English and French Renaissance motets by Parsons and Mouton to the lush Romanticism of Rachmaninov and Franz Biebl. We end with the exuberance of the Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, and William Byrd’s Laudibus in Sanctis.

The concert is conducted by Matthew Altham and is presented as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London Spring Series, at the beautiful church of St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, close to Liverpool Street Station.

Tickets: £18 adults/£5 children (unreserved seating), £23 (premium seating).

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Nicolas Gombert              Media Vita

Gregorio Allegri                Miserere

Nicolas Gombert              Lugebat David Absalon

James MacMillan              Miserere

Robert Parsons                 Ave Maria

Gabriel Jackson                 Salve Regina

Jean Mouton                     Nesciens Mater

Sergei Rachmaninov        Bogoroditse Dyevo

Franz Biebl                        Ave Maria

Urmas Sisask                    Benedictio

William Byrd                     Laudibus in Sanctis



Venue details

St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street