Friday, 2 December 2011

Moussorgsky and Rachmaninov concert in Picadilly, London on Dec 3

Composed in 1874, Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite in ten movements, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists as well as a firm favourite with audiences all over the world.

A former BBC Young Musician of the Year semi-finaist, Timothy Sidford enjoys a flourishing career as a freelance pianist and music teacher. He has appeared extensively throughout the UK as well as concerts in Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic. In London he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St Martins-in-the-Fields, St James’s, Piccadilly, and Leighton House.

Collegium Musicum of London 
Timothy Sidford (piano) 
Russell Du Plessis (conductor) 
Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky
Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil' Op 37 - Sergey Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil, or Vespers, was composed in less than two weeks in 1915, and was warmly received at its first performance in Moscow later that year. However, the rise of the Soviet Union led to a ban on all religious music, and in 1918 the Synodal Choir was replaced by a ‘People's Choir Academy’, leading to the observation that "no composition represents the end of an era so clearly as this liturgical work".

Heavily influenced by Russian Orthodox chant, this beguiling masterpiece showcases exactly why Collegium Musicum – under the inspired leadership of BBC award-winning conductor Russell du Plessis – has become one of London’s most exciting chamber choirs.

Saturday December 3, 2011 at 19:30
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
12.00 (7.00 concessions); children under 16 free
Phone for tickets: 07812 599340
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