Performance by the New London Chamber Choir
When: Sun 31 Aug 2014, 13.30-14.10
Where: Entrance Hall, British Library
A free choral performance by the New London Chamber Choir directed by Steven Grahl. The music chosen for this performance reflects three contrasted responses to the First World War by composers and poets directly affected by the conflict. The concert will include C. Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell, Maurice Ravel’s Trois Chansons, and a newly commissioned work by Deborah Pritchard based on the poem On Receiving News of the War by Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918). This concert forms part of the international conference ‘The Music of War: 1914-1918’, presented by the British Library to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Founded in 1981, the New London Chamber Choir is acknowledged as one of foremost vocal ensembles for new music in Europe. NLCC has given many world and British premières, and continues to commission, record, and promote new work. The choir has enjoyed close and fruitful relationships with many leading composers including Jonathan Harvey, David Sawer, Luca Francesconi, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtag, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, its founder-conductor James Wood, and Iannis Xenakis. NLCC's recordings include acclaimed CDs of Xenakis, Wood, and Scelsi; their CD of Stravinsky's Les Noces was the top recommendation on BBC Radio 3's Building a Library.