Join echo for a lunchtime recital at The Music Room in the heart of London - a venue that, despite its central location, is amazingly quiet, with excellent acoustics and filled with natural light. We’ll be singing an hour long lunchtime recital on Saturday 10th March at 1pm-2pm. It’s part of our echo presents series, and the theme is INNOCENCE - exploring biblical purity and sin, childhood, parenting and the inevitable end of innocence.
We’ll be singing music by composers from medieval times to the present day, including Hildegard von Bingen, Maurice Ravel, James MacMillan and Kerry Andrew, alongside traditional music from Kenya, North America, plus improvisation. As always, we will be singing both conducted and in consort style, without a conductor - continuing to celebrate, explore and test the boundaries of ensemble singing.
Maurice Ravel - Trois Chansons (1915) Josquin des Prez - El Grillo - (c.1505) Pierre Certon - Je ne l’ose dire -(1552) Improvisation on 'Baiskeli' - trad. Swahili Meredith Monk - Panda Chant II (1984) Improvisation on ‘All the Pretty Little Horses’ - trad. American Henry Purcell - Hush, no more - from ’The Fairy Queen’ (1692) Improvisation on ‘I’m only sleeping’ - Lennon/McCartney (1966) Francisco Guerrero - Ave Virgo Sanctissima 1566) Kerry Andrew - Hevene Quene (2005) Maurice Duruflé - Tota Pulchra Es (1960) James MacMillan - A Child’s Prayer (1996) Robert Ramsey - When David Heard (1615) Howard Skempton - He wishes for the cloths of heaven (2000) Hildegard von Bingen - extract from ‘Ordo Virtutem’ (c.1151)
Tickets: £12 advance / £15 on the door
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London W1K5LF
echo is a brand 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 were invited to perform at the Sounds Sublime Festival in July 2017; a day-long festival of voice curated by The Sixteen. The same month, echo made their St John’s Smith Square debut, in collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Magnus Lindberg as part of the Debut Sounds: New Musick concert, premiering four world premieres by LPO Young Composers. echo are one of the inaugural Chiltern Arts Festival Take Note young artists for 2018 and will be working again with the LPO at Queen Elizabeth Hall later this year.