“…his playing not only illuminated the music’s ingenuity and contrapuntal complexity of texture but also expressively wove the web of sinuous, chromatic harmonies that swathes the plainchant melody…” The Daily Telegraph
Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music.
For centuries to the present day, music has been at the heart of the Temple, an oasis lying between the City of Westminster and the City of London. The ancient Temple Church and historic Middle Temple Hall continue to be an ideal setting for outstanding chamber and choral concerts, organ recitals, song recitals and staged performances of operas.
The Temple Church and Middle Temple Hall are the venues for the fourth Temple Winter Festival, which will run from 13 to 19 December 2016. We are very pleased to welcome the outstanding musicians who are to perform and also the participation of BBC Radio 3.
Temple Church Choir and Temple Singers launch the festival with a concert featuring Catrin Finch in two iconic works for choir and harp; Britten’s Ceremony of Carols & Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. One of the most accomplished harpists of her generation, Catrin Finch will also treat us to a solo lunchtime recital the following day. We are delighted that the chamber choir Sansara join us this year. This dynamic and innovative group won the 2015 London International A Capella Choir Competition. Ronald Corp’s London Chorus and New London Orchestra will then present some real festive treats including Whitacre’s breathtaking Lux aurumque. Greg Morris, associate organist of the church who is acknowledged as one of the best organists performing in the UK, presents the second lunchtime recital. We gladly welcome the return of the internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars performing Victoria’s two grandest double-choir compositions.
The culmination of the festival will be a performance Handel’s most famous work, Messiah, in Middle Temple Hall. Following last year’s sell-out performance we are delighted to welcome back Ian Page and Classical Opera as part of the festival.
I urge you to book in good time. The festival goes from strength to strength and this year looks the most exciting one to date.