The English Chamber Choir

Tuesday 28 November 2017 19:00

£15.00 — £25.00

May Flights of Angels

Tuesday 28 November, 7pm
Temple Church
Tickets: £25 £20 £15 + booking fee

The English Chamber Choir

Ciara Hendrick  mezzo soprano
Guy Protheroe and William Vann  conductors
Rebecca Taylor and William Vann  organ

John Tavener  Angels; Song for Athene; Anthems from the Veil of the Temple
Richard Deering  Factum est silentium
Jonathan Dove  Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Christos Hatzis  De Angelis
Gabriel Jackson  Angeli, archangeli
Claudio Monteverdi  Duo seraphim
Ivan Moody Words of the angel
Roxana Panufnik  Heav’nly Harmony
Tomás Luis de Victoria  Duo seraphim


The English Chamber Choir has an international reputation for its performances of Orthodox music. For their first concert at the Temple Church they present a programme based on the theme of angels. Angels play a vivid role both in the Bible and subsequent liturgies. The Eastern Orthodox Church features them more than the Catholic West, so much of this music comes from composers writing in that tradition; notably Sir John Tavener and his pupil Ivan Moody. In addition, the concert’s centrepiece is by the Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis who is also influenced by the Orthodox tradition. De Angelis is based on the antiphon O Gloriosissimi Lux Vivens Angeli by Hildegard of Bingen.

The concert also includes a 450th birthday tribute to Monteverdi, and recent works by Roxanna Panufnik and Gabriel Jackson. The sequence will be framed by Tavener’s motets from The Veil of the Temple – the all-night vigil performed in the Temple Church in 2003 – and will end with his Song for Athene, ‘May Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest’.

The concert will end at approximately 8.40pm. There will be a short break between parts one and two.

This concert is promoted by the English Chamber Choir.