13. April 2020 · Comments Off on A Farewell · Categories: Choral

Molly Ijames: A Farewell
Rivertree Singers; Warren Cook, Cond.

Text by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,
A rivulet then a river:
Nowhere by thee my steps shall be
For ever and for ever.

But here will sigh thine alder tree
And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee,
For ever and for ever.

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

More Bach, and this time featuring Katherine Needleman on oboe. And Katherine Needleman on piano.

Adagio from the Sinfonia of Bach’s Easter Oratorio

13. April 2020 · Comments Off on Bach for Your Monday · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , , ,

Of course Bach is wonderful ANY day!

Ex Cathedra

The third of our films for Holy Week, recorded from our own homes, is the final chorale from Bach’s St John Passion.

We were due to have performed this wonderful music at Symphony Hall today (our annual Good Friday performance), so we’re thrilled that our singers and period instrumentalists have generously volunteered their contributions so we can, in some way, perform together.

In his introductory video, Jeffrey explains the optimism and hope of this piece, particularly poignant at this time.

This video is offered free of charge during what is a financially devastating time for organisations like Ex Cathedra. If you have enjoyed the video, please support us if you can with a small donation: Help Us Thank you.

13. April 2020 · Comments Off on A Virtual Swan Lake · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

But … um … 2:08? Notice that instrument?

English National Ballet Music Director Gavin Sutherland brings together some of the wonderful musicians of English National Ballet Philharmonic for a special working from home rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Overture.

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From the very beginning, English National Ballet Philharmonic has played an important part in creating the magic which is a vital part of every live performance.

Recent notable events have included galas at both the London Coliseum and Royal Opera House, accompanying visiting ballet companies, appearances in concert (including the Bath and City of London Festivals) and, most recently, providing the music for the Royal Academy of Dance’s children’s ballet syllabus grades.

English National Ballet Philharmonic also play a significant part in the Engagement Department’s school visits and workshops, taking a taste of the music of ballet to tomorrow’s audience.

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Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, English National Ballet has been at the forefront of ballet’s growth and evolution ever since.

English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through performances across the UK and on eminent international stages including The Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier; its distinguished orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic; and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet has introduced ground-breaking new works to the Company’s repertoire whilst continuing to honour the tradition of great classical ballet, gaining acclaim for artistic excellence and creativity. 2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history with a move into a purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London which brings a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity, ambition, and connection to more people, near and far, than ever before.

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13. April 2020 · Comments Off on Happy Day After Easter · Categories: Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes · Tags: , ,

… but my calendar says “Easter Monday” … so I feel okay posting more Easter music. (Truth be told, I’d be posting this any time!)

From the Facebook page:
Rebecca Burrington
April 11 at 10:00 PM
Feels strange not to be playing at church tomorrow, but here’s something I sang for Piedmont Community Church. Happy Easter!