SJSS Concert

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St John’s Smith Square, London, 8pm

An evening of thoughtful and uplifting new music, spanning a variety of styles and traditions, performed by Héloı̈se Werner (soprano), Kit Downes (organ) and Colin Alexander (cello) who will be spaced at the extremes of the concert hall, surrounding the audience. Each performer will offer around twenty minutes of their own solo works, written since March 2020, and the programme will also feature five short text pieces written especially for the occasion by Errollyn Wallen, Shiva Feshareki, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Jonathan Cole and Love Ssega.

In this atmospheric setting and glowing acoustic, the concert will bring together some of the most exciting creative voices on the scene. With spatially-distanced trio commissions, dazzling solo soprano works, bright and colourful organ music and peaceful cello compositions, this is a celebration of the importance of music and the arts today.

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SONG

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The Hermes Experiment

Kings Place, London, 6.30pm

Following the critical acclaim of their debut album HERE WE ARE, award-winning contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment release their second album, SONG, this Autumn on Delphian Records. The disc is an eclectic collection of song commissions written for the quartet and songs newly arranged by members of the ensemble from different styles and eras. This concert celebrates the launch of SONG, with pieces from the album as well as two new commissions by Laura Moody and Tom Coult.

Barbara Strozzi (arr. Werner) – Tradimento 
Clara Schumann (arr. Pashley) – Liebst du um Schönheit 
Philip Venables – A Photograph 
Laura Moody – new work (world premiere)
Tom Coult – I Find Planets (world premiere)
Robin Haigh – Kalimotxo 
Soosan Lolavar – Mah Didam 
Ayanna Witter-Johnson – Draw the Line 
Emily Hall (arr. Pashley) – Befalling 
Olivia Chaney (arr. Schofield) – Roman Holiday 
Anna Meredith (arr. Schofield) – Fin like a Flower 
Oliver Leith – Uh huh Yeah

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