TLC looks ahead to 2024
As we step into a new year, The London Chorus, under the artistic guidance of our Musical Director, Ronald Corp, is excited to share a glimpse of the wonderful musical journey that lies ahead.
Ron’s excitement is contagious as he shares, “The London Chorus is looking forward to an exceptional year ahead.” Let’s dive into the musical treasures that await us throughout the year.
Spring: Bringing two masterpieces to life
In March, The London Chorus will be embracing the ethereal melodies of Herbert Howells’ renowned composition, “Hymnus Paradisi.” It’s a piece of music that’s deeply emotive and spiritually charged. The choir will be diligently preparing to convey the profound emotions and spiritual themes within this masterpiece.
April is a significant month for us as we celebrate our 120th anniversary with a performance of Edward Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius.” This composition has historical significance for us, as the choir was founded in 1903 to give it its London premiere. This performance is a nod to our rich legacy, and under Ron’s direction, we aim to bring this wonderful work to life in a way that resonates with our audience.
Summer: A Rare Performance of Elgar’s “The Black Knight”
In June, we will venture into the less-explored territory of Elgar’s cantata, “The Black Knight.” Ron’s repertoire choices are always about presenting a diverse range of choral works. “The Black Knight” is a hidden gem that deserves the spotlight, and we’re excited to bring it to our audience.
Autumn: Celebrating Anniversaries
November promises to be a grand finale for our musical year. The Cadogan Hall will host a harmonious celebration of anniversaries, featuring the works of Holst, a new cantata composed by Ronald Corp, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. This concert pays tribute to the anniversaries of Holst and Fauré. The contrast between Holst’s evocative compositions and Fauré’s timeless Requiem will create a memorable musical experience.
In addition to Holst and Fauré, we will honor the 30th anniversary of the passing of Sir Arthur Bliss with a performance of “Morning Heroes.” This piece adds a poignant note to our November concert and is a fitting tribute to Bliss.
As Ron aptly concludes, “The London Chorus has a great future ahead.” With an exciting lineup for the year that covers a wide spectrum of choral music, from the depths of Howell’s “Hymnus Paradisi” to the melodies of Elgar, Holst, and Fauré, the choir is committed to its tradition while embracing the ever-evolving world of choral music. We can’t wait to share this musical journey with you, our cherished audience.