Professional Vocal Ensemble St Martin’s Voices Presents Three Digital Summer Concerts
· Summer Sessions is a series of three digital concerts in August 2022, each programmed and introduced by a different member of St Martin’s Voices
· The Summer Sessions offers a new opportunity for online audiences to get to know the members of St Martin’s Voices, by championing individual singers and letting their personalities shine through their music choices and spoken introductions.
Throughout August 2022, professional vocal ensemble St Martin’s Voices will present three digital Summer Sessions concerts available to watch online and on demand.
Each concert is programmed and introduced by a member of the ensemble, with the first curated by soprano Maisie Hulbert. In this first event on Tuesday 9 August 2022, Maisie shares music on the themes of isolation and nature, drawing on repertoire she has found meaningful in her experience of conducting singing workshops in prisons.
Entitled Isolation and Nature – in conversation with Maisie Hulbert, the first concert includes, among other works, The Evening Primrose by Benjamin Britten, Orlando Gibbon’s The Silver Swan, an arrangement of John Lennon & Paul McCartney’s Blackbird and Gustav Holst’s arrangement of the traditional Cornish folk song I love my love.
Tuesday 16 August 2022 sees soprano Susannah Hill explore folksongs of the British Isles, through arrangements that reflect both her personal musical journey and our collective folk heritage with works including arrangements of traditional folksongs such as Loch Lomond, Dashing away with a smoothing iron, Cockles and Mussels and Danny Boy.
Finally, on Tuesday 23 August 2022, bass George Cook presents a selection of choral jazz and close-harmony arrangements inspired by some of his favourite artists and arrangers, offering the perfect tunes for a balmy summer evening. Works include: Crossing the bar by Rani Arbo, arranged by Peter Armidon; Words by Anders Edenroth; and Lullabye by Billy Joel, arranged by Philip Lawson. A trailer for this event can be found here.
St Martin’s Voices is one of the UK’s most versatile vocal ensembles, performing concerts on the international stage as well as giving regular BBC broadcasts and special services at London’s iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields. The ensemble performs regularly alongside the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and London Mozart Players and is featured in the Church of England’s online worship resources that have attracted over 4 million downloads.
Andrew Earis, Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields said: ‘St Martin’s Voices continues to go from strength to strength and this season we are particularly proud to be able to champion our individual singers through the digital concerts programmed and led by members of the ensemble. Our singers are at the heart of what we do, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to let their personalities shine through into our music-making.’
The Summer Sessions concerts will be available online and on demand until Friday 30 September 2022. Tickets are £5 or buy all three concerts for £12 (saving 20%) https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/whats-on/?tags=summer-sessions&tag-category=701.
For further information on St Martin’s Voices 2022/23 concert series, visit smitf.org/stmartinsvoices.