Join echo for a lunchtime recital in the beautiful surroundings of St. Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green on Saturday 9th June. It’s part of our echo presents series, exploring themes of architecture and ambition. Expect pieces by Palestrina, Reich, and Guillaume Dufay’s stunning Nuper Rosarum Flores, composed for the consecration of the Florence Cathedral in 1436, alongside traditional music, improvisation and theatrical use of the performance space.
- Thirteen professional singers
- Music from five centuries
- Improvisation, folk song & new music
“echo’s imaginative approach and innate musicianship are a delight”
- Christopher Glynn, Artistic Director, Ryedale Festival
Jubilate Deo - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Harmonizing (Artificial Environment no.7) William Tell - Joanna Bailie Caeli Enarrant - Hans Leo Hassler Circlesong no.4 - Bobby McFerrin Nuper Rosarum Flores - Guillaume Dufay Peace upon you, Jerusalem - Arvo Pärt Clapping music - Steve Reich Komm, Jesu komm - Johann Sebastian Bach To Build a Home - Cinematic Orchestra Harmonizing (Artificial Environment no.7) Three Planes - Joanna Bailie Baiskeli - trad. Swahili (arr. Gwyneth Herbert)
Soprano: Sam Cobb, Lucy Cronin, Elspeth Piggott, Sarah Rennix
Alto: Cathy Al-Ghabra, Ellie Dann, Emily Harrison
Tenor: Graham Cooper, Chris Huggon, Matthew Keighley
Bass: Harry Bennett, John Laichena, Dave Price
echo is a new ensemble of young professional singers. Since launching in early 2017, the group intends to explore the full range of what ensemble singing means - working both with and without a conductor, including improvisation in each concert and performing music both inside and outside of the Western classical canon. The group came together through Genesis Sixteen, the prestigious young artists’ scheme run by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.
Following highly acclaimed launch concerts in London and Birmingham, echo headlined the Sounds Sublime Festival in July 2017, and made their St John Smith Square debut the same month, in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Lindberg. echo were one of the inaugural Chiltern Arts Festival Take Note young artists for 2018, are performing at the Ryedale Festival in July and will be working again with the LPO at Queen Elizabeth Hall later this year.
“Impeccable intonation, balance, charm and perfect diction... an exceptional group”