Londinium: Travels Through the Imagination

Music, Classical and opera

London chamber choir Londinium directed by Andrew Griffiths invites you to journey into the unknown for a concert of unaccompanied vocal music encompassing fantastical places, exotic lands and a dreamlike world beyond ordinary experience.  

Ranging from expressive seventeenth-century madrigals by Weelkes and Wilbye, through exquisite part-songs by Schumann, Brahms and Elgar, to the other-worldly vocal sounds of modern-day composers. This evocative musical journey takes in the ‘rich and strange’ dream-world of 'The Tempest' (Richard Rodney Bennett’s 'Sea Change'), the imaginary sunken city of 'Vineta' (Brahms), 'Ultima Thule', beyond the borders of the known world (Wilbye and Schumann), and the musings of an astronaut as he views the earth from space ('Skywalk' by Steve Martland, in a tribute to the composer who died suddenly in May 2013).

Modes of travel include our own London Underground in its anniversary year (Thea Musgrave’s 'On the Underground Set No. 2: The Strange and the Exotic') and the imaginary inventions of a Renaissance genius as he ponders human flight (Eric Whitacre’s 'Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine').  Londinium will also give the first performance of young composer Jim Clementsan's arrangement of Vaughan Williams's 'The Vagabond' (from 'Songs of Travel') .

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