Temple Winter Festival

Temple Winter Festival
Temple Church
16-20 December 2013

Presented by Temple Church and Hazard Chase, in association with BBC Radio 3


It is a great pleasure to welcome BBC Radio 3 and Hazard Chase back to the Temple Church for this Temple Winter Festival. We warmly invite you to join us. The Temple Church is one of the most historic and beautiful buildings in London. It has as well a musical tradition that stretches back 800 years; our choristers and choirmen will have sung to King John and the barons for a week at Epiphany in 1215, during the vital (and disastrous!) negotiations that led directly to Magna Carta.

And what a week of music we have before us, nearly 800 years later in this 2013 Festival. For delight and variety, for its mixture of Christmas spirit and winter chill, it will be hard to beat. We hope you can join us with family or friends for at least one of these concerts. Better still, why not be here on successive evenings and let their effect accumulate, each programme enriching all the others. Our new Director of Music Roger Sayer and I and all of us here look forward to welcoming you to the Temple Church for an unforgettable week of winter music, presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.  

Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple

16 December: Mark Simpson & The Heath Quartet, 7.30pm

Credit: Sussie Ahlburg

Credit: Sussie Ahlburg

Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Clarinet Quintet
Arensky: Moderato – Variations based on a theme by Tchaikovsky from String Quartet No 2 in A minor, Op 35
Stravinsky: 3 Pieces for Clarinet Solo
Suk: Meditation on an old Czech hymn “St Wenceslas”, Op 35a
Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K 581


In 2006 at the age of 17 Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician and the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year Competitions and is now emerging, with the help of the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, as a major new voice, both as composer and clarinettist. The Heath Quartet is an award winning young group increasingly in demand on the international chamber music scene.  We are lucky this evening to hear these exciting young artists together presenting a programme of seasonable chamber works, culminating in a performance of one of the most popular and beautiful pieces in the repertoire, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

17 December: The Tallis Scholars, 7.30pm

130307_0187 tallis40th adjMagnificat
Lassus: Omnes de Saba
Hassler: Missa Octava (a 8)
Schutz: Deutsches Magnificat
Pärt: Magnificat Antiphons
Pärt: Magnificat
H. Praetorius: Magnificat V (with Joseph lieber and In dulci jubilo)

“ambassadors of the purest art.” The Observer

Over the last 40 years, The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world. Their Director, Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create, a purity and clarity of sound which he feels best serve the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail of the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which The Tallis Scholars have become so widely renowned, and in this concert they showcase that beauty with a programme based around the Magnificat, combining settings both old and new.

18 December: James Gilchrist, tenor; Anna Tilbrook, piano, 7.30pm

James Gilchrist & Anna TilbrookWinterreise

Schubert: Winterreise

“[Gilchrist's] light, sweet voice is wonderfully expressive, and Anna Tilbrook’s accompaniments are ideal”

Michael Church, Independent (October 2011)
James Gilchrist is a versatile and prolific recitalist. His imaginative programming has been heard in major recital venues including the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh and Perth Concert Halls.  James and Anna’s recording of Schubert’s famous song cycle, Winterreise, was released in 2011 to great critical acclaim, achieving CD of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Editors Choice in Classical Music Magazine and Album of the week in the Independent.  In this concert James and Anna will present their wonderful interpretation live, in the historic atmosphere of The Temple Church.

19 December: Temple Church Choir, Temple Players & Greg Morris, organ, 7.30pm

Temple Church Choir-8327Gloria

‘The Temple Church Choir is a formidable force, finely honed and blended ’The Daily Telegraph’

Plainsong: Creator of the stars
Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David
Gibbons: This is the record of John
Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Byrd: Vigilate
Bach: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 62
Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589

The Temple Church Choir of twelve choir men and eighteen choristers shot to prominence with the commission and premiere of John Tavener’s all-night musical vigil The Veil of the Temple, described by The Daily Telegraph as Tavener’s masterpiece. The choir took The Veil to the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York, and then to the BBC Proms. In this concert they will perform the most popular version of Vivaldi’s Gloria, the composer’s most famous piece of sacred music, and a Christmas classic, as well as other popular Baroque treats.

20 December: BBC Singers & St James’s Baroque, 7.00pm

Photo: Sophie Laslett

Photo: Sophie Laslett


Handel:  Messiah

‘Both pieces were performed with refreshing vigour and laser-sharp tuning by the BBC Singers’ The Daily Telegraph

BBC Singers

David Hill conductor

Ruby Hughes, soprano
David Allsopp, counter-tenor
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Neal Davies, bass

St James’s Baroque

Surely the most popular and frequently performed oratorio of all time: Handel’s Messiah has grown in popularity ever since its first performance in 1741 – composed, in a white-hot burst of creative inspiration, in just 24 days. Using Biblical words, the piece re-tells the prophecies of Christ’s coming, his birth in the Bethlehem stable, his death and resurrection, and concludes with the Day of Judgement – all depicted with such power, passion and expressive warmth that its music has become amongst the most familiar and best-loved of all time. “He is the master of us all” said Josef Haydn, on first hearing the Hallelujah Chorus, and listeners since can only agree. This performance, in one of London’s most atmospheric and historic churches, brings together a leading period-instrument orchestra with a brilliant team of rising young soloists and the BBC Singers – the BBC’s own professional choir.

Box Office Information

Temple Music Foundation
Tel: 020 7427 5641
To book tickets, please call the box office, or book online at www.templemusic.org


Tallis Scholars & BBC Singers

Area A = £30
Area B = £25
Area C = £20
Restricted view = £10

Temple Church Choir & James Gilchrist

Area A = £25
Area B = £20
Area C = £15
Restricted view = £10

Heath Quartet & Mark Simpson

Area A = £20
Area B = £15
Area C = £10
Restricted view = £5

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