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Heroines - 900 Years of Women in Song

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In the first part of this concert, Whitehall Choir will present pieces exclusively by women: the 12th-century German Benedictine abbess and visionary Hildegard von Bingen, the Venetian Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi and Fanny Mendelssohn from the Romantic period. We shall be singing works by two women who died tragically young 100 years ago – Lili Boulanger and Morfydd Owen – as well as pieces by the mid-20th-century British composer Elizabeth Poston and the current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir – a span of 900 years.

The choir is delighted to be joined by Cantus Novus Wien with whom we performed on tour in Vienna in 2016. Cantus Novus will be singing music from not only the German and Austrian canon – Brahms, Alma Mahler and Berta Aichinger plus a world première by Annamaria Kowalsky – but also English and Welsh: Paul Mealor (Locus iste) and Paul Spicer’s heart-wrenching setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sonnet ‘How do I love thee?’.

The two choirs will combine for Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass, and finally in Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn and Paul Spicer’s 'Glory be to God for dappled things’, which we enjoyed performing jointly at our last meeting. It is a very special collaboration by two choirs.

The year 2018 marks the centenary of women's suffrage in Austria, as well as in the UK, and we look forward to exploring some beautiful and thrilling music, largely by women, some of which is rarely performed (never before in the case of the première) and never recorded.

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