Today (Wednesday 26 January 2022), St Martin’s Voices announces a series of concerts from London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of the venue’s Spring & Summer Concert Series. This spring concert season will run from 18 February until 11 June 2022 and offers a range of sacred and concert choral works including new commissions and more well-known choral repertoire set across nine concerts in the iconic venue.
Highlights of the season include: performances of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St John Passion with the London Mozart Players (15 April and 28 May 2022); a collaboration with the winners of the first St Martins-in-the-Fields chamber music competition, the Piatti Quartet, performing works for voices and string quartet by some of today’s most influential contemporary composers (3 March); composer Bob Chilcott conducting his own Requiem alongside Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir (11 June); a new commission from Lucy Walker for voices and string quartet (7 May); and a concert to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Platinum Jubilee Festival (2 June).
Andrew Earis, Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields said: ‘I am delighted to present our spring season with St Martin’s Voices. Our ensemble’s greatest strength is its flexibility, and the joy and skill each member brings to singing music from a wide range of genres. This season we have gathered a range of sacred and concert works, from new commissions to much-loved pieces, and some previously neglected gems. We are thrilled to be working with Lucy Walker on a new work for voices and string quartet, and to be singing alongside the London Mozart Players in Bach’s great masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor. It will also be an honour to welcome Bob Chilcott to conduct his Requiem alongside the Martin Mass for Double Choir. I hope that everyone will find something to enjoy, and perhaps something new to explore, in the months ahead.’
Composer Bob Chilcott said: ‘It is an honour for me to be able to conduct my Requiem and a privilege to be working with St Martin’s Voices in their series of concerts. St Martin’s Voices are an exceptional ensemble, and I look forward to creating something really special with them!’
A major part of the work of St Martin’s Voices is the artistic development programme it offers young artists across the country. In addition to the scholarship programmes based at St Martin-in-the-Fields where up to ten young singers each year are given the opportunity to perform regularly in both a sacred and concert setting, the programme also supports nine northern-based singers through the HeartEdge Manchester Choral Scholarships. As part of these initiatives, this season will see the choral scholars from both the London and Manchester programmes perform with the internationally renowned vocal ensemble I Fagiolini in a concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 10 March under the direction of Robert Hollingworth giving them an invaluable opportunity and experience.
Other concerts in the St Martin’s Voices series include: a concert of works by J.S. Bach and Handel with St Martin’s Chamber Ensemble (18 February); an evening of music based on the theme of night featuring works by acclaimed and influential contemporary choral composers Ola Gjeilo, Meredith Monk, Caroline Shaw, Jake Runestad and Anna Clyne (3 March); an Easter-themed programme including Miserere by both Allegri and James MacMillan together with Victoria’s Requiem (16 April); and a concert featuring Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with baritone Michael Lafferty, a new work from Lucy Walker and Fauré’s Requiem with St Martin’s Chamber Ensemble (7 May).
For further information on St Martin’s Voices concert series, visit smitf.org/stmartinsvoices.