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The evening of Friday 6 March saw St John’s take its music-making to Bloomsbury, in the centre of London. Hawksmoor’s great evocation of the baroque style (St George’s Parish Church), with its glittering interior and sumptuous acoustic was the setting, and both the Schola Cantorum and the string trio proved their worth within it.
The evening concert, just over an hour long, included works composed over many centuries. The Schola sang a repertoire that spanned twelfth-century plainsong, through Tallis and Gibbons, to Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Paulus. There was also the premiere of a new choral motet by Music Fellow and composer-in-residence at St John’s, Chris Mortlock, a splendid setting of the text Ubi Caritas. The string trio, comprising Anna Semple (Upper Sixth, Gloucester House), Athena Hawksley-Walker and Laura MacDonald, played Beethoven’s string trio no 3 in G major (Op 9, No 1) and Schubert’s string trio in B flat major (D471). Both groups sparkled in the setting: the quality of the music making was quite superb.
The audience, made up of friends, parents and Old Johnians was hugely appreciative. As well as spreading the message of the quality of music being produced at St John’s, the event also gave an opportunity to raise awareness of the school’s organ project which is now in its final stage. More details can be found by clicking here.
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