Maribor Festival, Slovenia 2010




10th September 2010 - The Spell Of The Poet

In this concert, highlighting the composer’s celebration of poetry, the Choir of London took to the stage with the Maribor Festival Orchestra and their conductor, Richard Tognetti, to perform Bach’s Cantata BWV55, Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht (I, wretched man, a slave to sin), on the text of an unknown poet. Nicholas Mulroy, a member of the Choir of London, performed that Cantata alongside Britten’s Nocturne, Op.60.




11th September 2010 The Shock Of The Old

Placing liturgical works by 16th-century Slovenian composer Jacob Handl (Gallus) and the 20th-century Slovenian composer Damijan Močnik alongside Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae and Australian Aboriginal music arranged for the festival by Graham Ross, this concert, conducted by Jeremy Summerly and Richard Tognetti, sought to highlight the connections between music of vastly disparate times and places.




12th September 2010 - Of Love And Eternity

In the final concert of the 2010 Maribor Festival, the Choir of London joined together with the Maribor Festival Orchestra for a concert in Maribor Cathedral featuring Rachmaninov’s magnificent Vespers (conducted by Jeremy Summerly) and Mozart’s Requiem (conducted by the Festival’s curator, Richard Tognetti) alongside Peteris Vasks’ Vox Amoris - Fantasy for Violin and Strings performed by Tognetti and the Maribor Festival Orchestra.

8th September 2010 - The Crowd

This concert used music and images to explore the dynamics of “the crowd”. The Choir of London, conducted by Richard Tognetti, contributed works by Tognetti (world premieres) and Morgan Feldman as well as an arrangement of a traditional Icelandic folksong to an eclectic programme which also featured works by Sibelius, Shostakovich, Schubert, Brett Dean, George Crumb and Jón Leifs. The projected images were created by Jon Frank.


9th September 2010 - Jewish Music

This concert in two parts took place in two venues: the first half of the concert, a celebration of Jewish liturgical music, was given in Maribor’s synagogue (one of Europe’s oldest), and the second part of the programme, featuring works by 20th-century Jewish composers Osvaldo Golijov, Aaron Copland, Kurt Weill and Arnold Schoenberg, took place in St. Aloysius’ Church. The concert featured performances by Choir of London singers Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor), and was conducted by Jeremy Summerly.

In September 2010 the Choir of London made its first visit to Slovenia to participate as ensemble-in-residence at Festival Maribor. The Festival was curated by Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Choir of London performed in five concerts.

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