After almost two years of planning, the first Choir of London project was eventually launched with a major performance on December 18th 2004 in the glorious surroundings of the newly-restored Christ Church, Spitalfields. The choice of repertoire was directly inspired by the Choir’s impending visit to the Middle East, and included three new works by British composers written with Jerusalem in mind. Most substantial was John Tavener’s huge Lament for Jerusalem, which juxtaposes Christian, Islamic and Jewish texts in an elegiac love song for the city. This was the first performance of the work in a special ‘Jerusalem Version’, arranged by the composer for the small orchestral forces which accompanied the Choir of London on its subsequent visit to the city.



You can read the programme notes from the concert here.

Choir of London launch concert, Christ Church Spitalfields

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18 December 2004, 7pm

Christ Church, Spitalfields

Benjamin Britten

Peter Sculthorpe

Stephen Leek

Matthew Orlovich

Giles Swayne

Tarik O’Regan

John Tavener

Voices For Today

Morning Songs for the Christ Child

Peace

Lo, There Is Light

Four Passiontide Motets

Threnody

Lament for Jerusalem



Choir of London and Orchestra

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School

Isabelle Adams (soprano)

Peter Crawford (alto)

Allan Clayton (tenor)

David Buckley (bass)