Winter Light

St George's Church, Bloomsbury
4:30 pm, Sunday, 20 January, 2019

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On a cold January afternoon, let yourself be encircled by the warmth and beauty of  choral music by some of the most intriguing contemporary composers of the British Isles and the Baltics. Meditative works by established masters Jonathan Dove, James MacMillan and Gabriel Jackson join pieces by younger composers Will Todd and Paul Mealor. A work by the Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds leads to the centrepiece of our concert, the Magnificat by Arvo Pärt. Now in his eighty-fourth year, the Estonian pioneer of “holy minimalism” melds simplicity with expressive dissonance to lift the spirit to higher realms.

Our hour-long concert, conducted by Matthew Altham, takes place in the intimate grandeur of St George’s Bloomsbury, whose resonant acoustic will complement the works on our programme.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

There will be a retiring collection to help defray costs for the choir and St George’s.


Will Todd – In this place

Jonathan Dove – In beauty may I walk

Percy Grainger – Mo nighean dubh

Paul Mealor – Ubi caritas

Ola Gjeilo – Northern lights

Will Todd – Encircled

Ēriks Ešenvalds – There will come soft rains

Francis Grier – A baby asleep after pain

Arvo Pärt – Magnificat

Gabriel Jackson – Salve Regina

James MacMillan – Miserere

Venue details

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