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Nederlands Kamerkoor

Sacred and Profane

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Britten
Hymn to St Cecilia
Gabriel Jackson
Ave Regina caelorum
Berio
Cries of London
Lars Johan Werle
Orpheus
Lars Johan Werle
Canzone 126 di Francesco Petrarca
Britten
Sacred and Profane

Performers

  • Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra
conductor

Chief conductor Peter Dijkstra has compiled a masterly programme with a timeless theme: the wandering soul, drifting between heaven and earth. Do we listen to God’s command, or do we give in to earthly temptations?

Benjamin Britten must have struggled with this question. It can be heard in one of his most beautiful choral works, Sacred and Profane, written to medieval texts. The lure of the temporary sounds comical but heartbreaking in Berio’s Cries of London, about street vendors in the 16th century. The works of Lars Johan Werle complete the programme.

A ‘classic’ choral programme with a timeless touch.

The Nederlands Kamerkoor was formed over 75 years ago and has been one of the world’s top choirs for decades. It has been internationally praised by critics for its homogeneous sound and for the soloist quality of the singers. One of the choir’s missions is to keep choral music very much alive as an art form, by looking for new formats, by innovative commissions and exciting collaborations. It results in concerts that are not only perceived as beautiful, but that appeal to all senses.

‘The work [Berio’s Cries of London] is a masterclass for chamber choir singers in articulation, intonation and timbre. All 16 singers sang their parts with clarity, humour and individuality, so you really felt like you were in a market. You start to appreciate what a highly specialised profession being a choral singer is: soloist, actor and declamator moulded into one.’ (www.nrc.nl)

Part of Choral at Cadogan 2016-17.

Part of Choral at Cadogan 2016‑17

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