Past Performances


A Westminster Christmas

Wed, 9 Dec 2020
 

A Westminster Christmas

Wed, 4 Dec 2019
A programme of choral works, festive readings and audience carols. 

Elgar - "The Dream of Gerontius"

Wed, 13 Nov 2019
This performance of "The Dream of Gerontius" takes place exactly a month after Cardinal John Henry Newman, the author of the poem set to music by Elgar, is canonised by Pope Francis. It is fitting that Elgar's most famous and beloved choral work is performed in Westminster Cathedral after Newman becomes the first English saint since the Reformation. It is also where Elgar himself conducted the first London performance. 
The Parliament Choir, is joined by Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Mosaic Chamber Choir, members of St Albans Bach Choir, and Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over, the Parliament Choir's Founder-Conductor and Southbank Sinfonia's Music Director. 
It is a pleasure to announce the soloists for this performance:
Robert Murray - tenor
Catherine Wyn Rogers - mezzo soprano
Sir Thomas Allen - baritone
Sir Thomas Allen, a patron of the Parliament Choir, has recently retired from the Royal Opera House after forty years. This will be his final perfomance with the Parliament Choir.  

Elgar - "The Dream of Gerontius"

Sat, 9 Nov 2019
Elgar wrote of 'The Dream of Gerontius' - "This is the best of me".
Completed in 1900, this monumental work is perhaps the greatest choral masterpiece of the 20th century.

This performance in Coventry Cathedral features Coventry Cathedral Chorus with the Parliament Choir and St Albans Bach Chorus, together with the acclaimed Southbank Sinfonia and internationally renowned soloists Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Robert Murray and Thomas Allen.

Haydn - "Missa Sancti Nicolai"

Wed, 3 Apr 2019
Experience the sparkling music of Haydn in the "Missa Sancti Nicolai", written as a gesture of thanks to Prince Nikolaus Estehazy for taking the hint dropped in the "Farewell" Symphony, and the effervescent "Trumpet Concerto", composed for his friend Anton Weidinger to play on his ground-breaking keyed trumpet, both works full of this composer's characteristic wit and invention. 

The concert also features the first performance of "A Certain Everlasting Polyphony" by Nicholas O'Neill, the Parliament Choir's Composer in Residence, setting a text by the renowned astronomer Johannes Kepler in which he describes how the music of the universe finds its expression in choral singing. 
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