In honour of Rachmaninoff’s 150th anniversary and to open our Holy Week Festival, one of England’s leading university choirs gives a candlelit performance of Rachmaninov’s 1915 All-Night Vigil, popularly know as the ‘Vespers’.
This masterpiece of 20th century sacred music draws on the soundworld of Orthodox worship - particularly the singing of chant and the ringing of bells. An atmospheric way to close the day in this oasis in the City of the London.
The performance lasts approximately 1 hour.
"In the Orthodox Church it is said that the mind should enter the heart. Surely there is no better illustration of the meaning of this phrase than Rachmaninoff’s sublime music."Ivan Moody on the Vespers
"Astonishing intensity and musicality"Gramaphone- on the Choir of KCL
"English choral singing at its best’"Choir & Organ- on the Choir of KCL