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Summer Music in City Churches 2019 – Words and Music

19 June, 2019

In June 2018, a new festival entitled Summer Music in City Churches was launched in London by Ian Maclay, former MD of the RPO, and Jenny Robinson. With the aim of presenting carefully curated music chosen for its underlying theme and context, all concerts were to be held in a handful of the City of London’s most glorious churches. Neatly stepping into the void left by the City of London Festival, its broad range of programmes, spread over ten days of lunchtime and/or evening concerts, garnered glowing reviews and deftly captured the commemorative mood of that year.

Running from 20th to 28th June 2019, the festival returns with a thoughtful and overarching theme of Words & Music.

An early glance at the proposed series sees programmes interweaving music inspired by poetry and plays; music that has featured in works of fiction; music accompanied by letters and notes that illuminate the human and historical context in which it was written.

Concerts will be complemented by tours and talks recalling the City of London’s literary heritage as home of many an early poet as well as some of the first printing presses. This year, the participating churches are St Giles-without-Cripplegate, St Mary le Bow, St Stephen Walbrook and St Lawrence Jewry, all of which echo with the footsteps of great literary figures through the centuries.

With such a diverse array of composers represented, from Bach to Noel Coward via John Dowland, with several programmes paying homage to Shakespeare, with artists ranging from the renowned City of London Choir with Hilary Davan Wetton to pianist Mark Bebbington, there is something for everyone…

Pictured: Tim McInnerny and John Suchet. 


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