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10th June 2014
Berlioz’s mighty Te Deum is the perfect work to showcase The Bach Choir, the newly-refurbished RFH organ, and The Young Singers, a choir of talented youngsters founded by The Bach Choir and the Tri-Borough Hub. Conceived on a grand scale, the Te Deum was first performed in 1855 with the composer himself conducting 900 performers! Putting the organ through its paces will be leading international organist Philip Scriven, who is the Choir’s Accompanist/Assistant Conductor.
Philip Scriven also plays the solo organ part in Dupré’s dazzling showpiece, Cortège et Litanie for organ and orchestra, and the ladies of The Bach Choir join with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, who was herself once a member of the Choir, for Debussy’s La damoiselle élue, the inspiration for which was Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem, The Blessed Damozel.
Jonathan Dove’s new work, Psalms for Leo, has a very special significance for The Bach Choir. Commissioned by the Choir in memory of Leopold de Rothschild (1927-2012), who was a singing member for a staggering 50 years, and subsequently our President, Psalms for Leo is a very engaging work, which also incorporates a children’s choir.
The Bach Choir has teamed up with production company Jam Flicks and film-maker Somayeh Jafari to commission a new documentary looking ahead to the world premiere, which is available to view here on the choir’s official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UBiskvae2M
WATCH: NEW DOCUMENTARY ON JONATHAN DOVE’S ‘PSALMS FOR LEO’
The Bach Choir has teamed up with production company Jam Flicks and film-maker Somayeh Jafari to commission a new documentary looking ahead to the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s ‘Psalms for Leo’ at the Royal Festival Hall, London on Tuesday 10 June 2014.