Patron: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Conductor: Howard Williams
The Choir of the 21st Century is made up of some of London’s most experienced amateur singers, performing a repertoire which is deliberately broad, both sacred and secular, to reflect the depth and richness of the choral music which is our heritage.
The choir’s recordings on the SOMM label include both the Elgar and Kodály versions of The Music Makers, Philip Glass’s Another Look at Harmony–Part IV and Mátyás Seiber a cappella.
Recent work has included the Rachmaninov Vespers, Strauss Deutsche Motette, Britten Sacred and Profane, Castelnuovo-Tedesco Romancero Gitano and Frank Martin Songs of Ariel and Mass for Double Choir.
In addition to its normal a cappella projects, CC21’s collaborations with the English Chamber Orchestra under Howard Williams – most recently Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in St. Paul’s Cathedral (as pictured below) – have resulted in performances of which MusicalCriticism.Com wrote that it 'would have been difficult to better'.
'Right from the start, we know we are in for a treat' Elgar Society Journal
The Choir of the 21st Century was a rhythmically rigorous, brightly voiced amateur chorus -- in perfect scale and character for the occasion’. Hilary Finch, Times Online
On September 27th CC21 was proud to give a very special celebratory concert to mark the 80th birthday of its founding Patron, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
The programme was crowned with a performance of Bach's Birthday Cantata (208) in a specially-commissioned English version for the occasion, in which Max was honoured with a duly elaborate text describing his adopted homeland of Orkney!
Tickets: £15 (£12 Concessions and CMS Members)
Box Office: bishopsgate.org.uk or 020 7392 9200
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