Orthodoxy, Music, Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe
As part of a festival organised by Centre for Russian Music and the Universities of London and of Eastern Finland, the choir perform in an evening concert in the Great Hall, Goldsmiths University of London (22 Lewisham Way SE14 6NW) on Saturday 16th March.
Starting at 7.30pm, this is a rare chance to hear a complete performance of Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, in which the Very Reverend Ivan Moody will appear as soloist. Other
pieces include a recent composition by Ivan Moody and Russian, Bulgarian and Serbian liturgical music by Chesnokov, Hristov and Konjovic.
'ISRAEL IN EGYPT'
A chance to hear the ECC in a performance by the Belmont Ensemble of Handel's 1739 cantata 'Israel in Egypt' - St Martin in the Fields, Thursday 11th April at 7.30pm.
The choir will be taking part in the prestigious Conway Hall Sunday Concerts series, on Sunday 26th May (6.30pm start). Featuring music for choir and piano duo, the programme will include the Brahms 'Liebeslieder' Waltzes, the 'Kissing Songs' by James Sellers and Britten's Choral Dances from 'Gloriana'.
The ECC will join the Belmont Ensemble in a new venture into the large-scale romantic repertoire, with the Verdi Requiem - St Martin in the Fields, Saturday 12th October 7.30pm.
LOOKING BACK ON THE 40th ANNIVERSARY YEAR
With the 40th anniversary year now past, the choir looks back on some of the highlights:
- The Brighton Festival revival of Teixeira's 1735 'Te Deum' and world premiere of Ivan Moody's 'Sub Tuum Praesidium'
- The commisioning and recording of 'Sub Tuum Praesidium' with help from the BBC's Choral Enterprise Scheme
- The 40th birthday concert in St john's Smith Square. Featuring Tallis' 40-part motet 'Spem in Alium', in which many former members joined, the birthday concert also saw guest appearances by Rick Wakeman and Paddy O'Connell.
Aled Jones' report on the outcome of the 'Choral Enterprise' Scheme played two tracks from the ECC's EcleCtiCa album. To listen to the feature, click here ECC The Choir. To listen to excerpts of all the tracks on EcleCtiCa or to purchase your own copy just go to Buy Online.
The recordings of music inspired by the work of the 9th Century Byzantine Abbess Kassiani (the first woman composer whose music has been handed down to us) has now been released by Naxos. It is available as a download from Naxos, iTunes, (link) Amazon and all the other usual sites, or you can buy a 'hard copy' traditional CD (go to Buy Online) from us!.
CD REISSUE: 'THE BYZANTINE LEGACY'
This popular album was available on Sony Classics (Greece) from 2000 to 2007. It has now been re-issued in a special edition on the Byzantine Festival Archive label and is also available to download from all the usual portals. To buy this CD go to Buy Online.