·        London’s iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields opens its doors to live audiences with a new concert series for Summer 2021 – ReSound – putting the venue at the heart of music-making in the capital

·        The series features both live, in-person and fully socially distanced concerts as well as streamed content through the StMartins.Digital platform over six weeks running from 20 May to 30 June 2021

·        An eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed artists will feature in the series including Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, I Fagiolini, Rachel Podger, Anna Lapwood, Benson Wilson, The Hermes Experiment, and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

·        The concert series is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

On Thursday 20 May 2021, London’s iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields will be launching a new concert series – ReSound – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Set across six themed weekends running from 20 May to 30 June 2021, the series offers a mix of live in-person audience events together with online provision all from the beautiful surroundings of St Martin-in-the-Fields church.

The ReSound Summer Series follows the hugely successful Fresh Horizons digital concert series earlier this year as the venue continues to build a new vision for music at St Martin’s to broaden its musical output and provide greater opportunities for musicians and audiences. This new phase of its music programme has the aim of shaping a series of carefully curated, sector-leading and inspiring performances.

Andrew EarisDirector of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields said: ‘We are thrilled to once again be able to welcome audiences back into St Martin’s and to share the moment with a wonderful group of internationally renowned artists, many of whom have not performed at St Martin’s before. It is exciting to be able to offer our first hybrid in-person and online festival, building on the success of our Fresh Horizons series, and to be able to open our music to as many people as possible in this way.’

Tickets for the entire series are now on sale through smitf.org/resound. In-person event tickets are priced from £9 to £26 for evening concerts, with daytime performances ranging from £5 to £20. Tickets for the online concerts are available for £10 per performance. A season ticket for the online concerts is available for the special price of £99, a 40% discount.

Opening Weekend – ReSound

The launch concert on Thursday 20 May 2021 (streamed on Tuesday 25 May) will feature St Martin’s Voices and St Martin’s Players performing Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem together with Cecilia McDowall’s unaccompanied choral setting of the familiar text I know that my Redeemer liveth. The concert will be performed in front of a live, socially distanced audience and will also be streamed through the StMartins.Digital platform, on Tuesday 25 May and available for 30 days after on demand.

The first weekend continues on Friday 21 May (streamed on Monday 24 May) with an appearance from violinist Rachel Podger in a solo concert featuring works by J.S. BachGiuseppe Tartini and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, followed on Saturday 22 May by Academy of St Martin in the Fields in the first of their new series of lunchtime chamber concerts with works by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartJames MacMillanJohn Woolrich and Leoš Janáček.

Weekend Two – Fascinating Rhythm

The weekend starts on Friday 28 May with a streamed-only event from St Martin’s Voices and Will Todd Ensemble featuring jazz choral music by Will Todd including Kyrie from Jazz Missa BrevisSongs of Love and Amazing Grace.

Saturday 29 May (streamed on Tuesday 1 June) will see two performances from the highly acclaimed Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir celebrating the reopening and reawakening of the country following the pandemic. The invigorating programme will feature live gospel and soul music including Kirk Franklin’s Love Theory, and When you Believe from Prince of Egypt.

Clarence Hunte, Choir Director, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir said: ‘We’re thrilled to be back performing live at St Martin in the Fields, and we’re buzzing to perform as part of their summer festival.’

A video of the choir performing Hold on to your Faith can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bhdertcce9kihpj/AAChJVl-pVC46Bqqf9J54csga?dl=0

Bank Holiday Monday on the 31 May continues the up-beat theme with a concert from the Art Deco Trioand their signature programme of George Gershwin songs arranged for jazz trio. Clarinettist Peter Sparks, saxophonist Kyle Horch and pianist Iain Farrington will perform some of the great works by Gershwin including I Got RhythmSummertime and Someone to Watch Over Me in this event entitled Gershwinicity.

Weekend Three – Miniatures

Thursday 3 June (streamed on Tuesday 8 June) sees the return of Academy of St Martin in the Fields with a programme of orchestral miniatures from the Italian Baroque with Arcangelo Corelli, via Norwegian folk influences from Edvard Grieg to the Czech Modernism of Bohuslav Martinů alongside works by Georg Philipp TelemannMozart and Sally Beamish.

Recent winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the New Zealand-born Sāmoan baritone Benson Wilson will give a recital on Saturday 5 June (streamed on Monday 7 June) with acclaimed pianist Julius Drake in a programme of lieder by HowellsRoger QuilterRichard Strauss and Gustav Mahler among others.

Weekend Four – Chamber Conversations

On Friday 11 June (streamed on Tuesday 15 June), St Martin’s Voices explores the theme of love in a programme including Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder-WaltzerVaughan Williams’ It was a love and his lass and Dirge for FidelePauline Viardot García’s La beautéRêverie and Les Bohémiennes; and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs.

The weekend continues on Saturday 12 June with the next instalment of Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ regular lunchtime chamber concerts. Players from the Academy will perform duets, trios and quartets spanning more than three centuries of chamber music. Highlights include Telemann’s Tafelmusik Quartet, Thea Musgrave’s Take Two OboesAntonio Vivaldi’s Trio in A minor, and Nicole Chamberlain’s piccolo duet Mimic.

Weekend Five – Timescapes

Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time will be performed on Saturday 19 June (streamed on Tuesday 22 June) by Melvyn Tan (piano) and Sacha Rattle (clarinet), with members of the Piatti Quartet Michael Trainor (violin) and Jessie Ann Richardson (cello).

On Monday 21 June (streamed on Wednesday 23 June), organist, director and broadcaster, Anna Lapwood will lead the St Martin Voices in a programme championing underrepresented voices in classical music. This choral concert features works by Amy BeachCaroline ShawEleanor Daley and Kerensa Briggs among others.

Anna Lapwood, conductor said: ‘After a year of zoom rehearsals it’s a particular joy to be joining St Martin’s Voices for this concert celebrating the wealth of choral music written by female composers.’

Weekend six – The Spirit of St Martin’s

The ReSound Series finishes with a weekend of events that celebrate the varied and eclectic musical offering that is championed at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

I Fagiolini will give a concert on Thursday 24 June (streamed on Wednesday 30 June) led by director Robert Hollingworth in a programme spanning from Claudio Monteverdi and Vaughan Williams to Cathy Berberian and Flanders & Swan.

Robert Hollingworth, Director of I Fagiolini said: ‘We’re very much looking forward to performing at St Martin-in-the-Fields to a live audience again. We’ve chosen beautiful pieces, some a little bit older than the building and some a bit newer – and I couldn’t resist Flanders & Swann. We’ve always been a very ‘live’ group and so this is a performance that we’re really looking forward to giving and it’s a pleasure to be part of this summer series.’

Friday 25 June (streamed on Monday 28 June) will see a concert given by the trailblazing contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment. Dedicated to the performance of new commissions and arrangements scored for their unique combination of harp, clarinet, voice and double bass, The Hermes Experiment presents works by Anna MeredithPeter Maxwell DaviesEleanor Alberga and Clara Schumann.

Saturday 26 June sees two concerts – one free event from St Martin’s Chorus at 12.30pm, and one at 7pm that day (and streamed on 29 June) from the Upper Voices of St Martin’s Voices and St Martin’s Players. Led by conductor Andrew Earis, the concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria together with Nicola Porpora’s Dixit Dominus in G and Johann Adolph Hasse’s Miserere in C minor. Vivaldi’s Gloria was famously composed for the all-female musicians of the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage in Venice. Similarly, the Baroque composers Porpora and Hasse were also high-profile teachers who wrote choral works for their Ospedale pupils in Naples and Venice, combining social enterprise and musical excellence in a way that resonates powerfully with the ethos of St Martin’s.

The series concludes with an in-person and live-streamed Festival Evensong on Sunday 27 June featuring music written for St Martin-in-the-Fields. Works include David Bednall’s I was glad and I saw a New HeavenCecilia McDowall’s Magnificat (St Martin’s Service) and Nils Greenhow’s What only you can be.

Sundays’ Free Offering

Each Sunday afternoon during the series, St Martin-in-the-Fields will also offer a free event led by Revd Dr Sam Wells and St Martin’s Voices in a selection of musical reflections. Sunday 30 May will see an exploration of faith, hope and resistance against oppression, featuring Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Philip Moore and Five Spiritual Songs from A Child of our Time by Michael Tippett; Sunday 6 June offers a selection of short choral works by Arvo Pärt, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Thomas Tallis; Sunday 13 June delves into an exploration of William Blake’s influential poetry collection Songs of Innocence and Experience as set by Vaughan Williams; Sunday 20 June focuses on ‘The Passing of the Year’ with a performance of the choral song cycle of the same name by British composer Jonathan Dove; and the final free Sunday concert on 27 June celebrates works written by well-known composers during their younger years, including music by Benjamin BrittenWilliam Walton and Herbert Howells.

Further free online events include two family concerts (Paddington’s First Concert and The Wind in the Willows), together with organ recitals by Rachel Mahon and Ben Giddons as well as three Voice’s in the Crypt Concerts, performed by St Martin’s Voices with Simon Russell Beale.