CML’s concert of 20th-century and contemporary music received a rapturous reception from the audience at St James’s in Piccadilly on Saturday, June 18th.
The programme opened with a sensitive rendition of Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, and was followed by five short pieces by Jonathan Dove and Sally Beamish, performed by the excellent St Catharine’s College Cambridge Girls’ Choir. Dove’s new piece for choir, children’s choir, percussion and two pianos Arion and the Dolphin followed, featuring the accomplished countertenor David Allsop.
The London Percussion Ensemble opened the second half of the concert with seven short pieces by Leonard Salzedo, and the evening concluded with a dazzling performance of Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande, which featured some amazing keyboard gymnastics by pianists Iain Farrington and John Reid.
‘The whole evening was astonishing- every aspect of such high standard and talent – a magical evening.’
– audience member
‘A truly stunning evening of music, and of one the finest compositions of the 21st century.’
– Sun News Network, Miami