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And now for something completely different: Fauré’s Requiem

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After our triumphant occupation of the Village Green (see below), we are getting into a more contemplative mood for one of one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon. Click here to bag your tickets for a double bill of Fauré’s Requiem, conducted by James Murray, and Incantation of Eden, composed by Harvey Brough with a libretto by Justin Butcher. At St Luke’s, Holloway, on Sunday 25 November.

About Vox

Vox Holloway is a community choir based at St Luke’s Church, West Holloway, London. We are an open and friendly choir with no audition process.

We have limited spaces left for Sopranos and Altos, due to the fact that the stage area is full. Sopranos and Altos wishing to join should apply here with a short email saying why you would like to join Vox. There is still space for some Tenors and Basses. Details of our membership policy are here.

 

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Book now for the Fauré Requiem

faure-requiem-imageCome and hear Vox Holloway sing one of one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon.

Tickets are going fast for the concert, which partners the Fauré Requiem with Incantation of Eden, an exquisite short meditation on memory by Harvey Brough and Justin Butcher.

The Faure Requiem and Incantation of Eden, conducted by James Murray, will be performed at 7.30pm on  Sunday 25 November, at St Luke’s, Hillmarton Road, London N7 9JE. 

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Village Green Preservation Society – in pictures

All we need is an audience …

Thumbs up from Rick…

And we’re off…

Clara made our Days …

And Young Vox were wicked …

But who’s the man in the hat..?

No more hiding behind that pillar. Harvey outs Ray Davies…

 

With special thanks for a fabulous evening to Harvey Brough, Clara Sanabras, Rick Leigh,  photographer to the stars Sophie Yauner. And of course, to the legend that is … Ray Davies.

Long live Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety

 

 

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Only remember: Fauré Requiem and Incantation of Eden

faure-requiem-imageTo round off a memorable autumn term, before we abandon ourselves to the Christmas spirit, Vox Holloway is marking the end of the first world war centenary by reviving a double-bill we first performed four years ago.

Our Fauré Requiem is in a special new arrangement by Harvey Brough based on the French composer’s original chamber version, rather than the later – and more familiar – orchestral version.

The idea of partnering it with a new piece of music was born when Harvey and librettist Justin Butcher began to think about the impending four-year centenary of the first world war.

“It led Harvey and I to reflect on how Vox Holloway might engage with the theme of another world, the land of the departed,” says Justin.

“Though not a religious believer, Fauré nevertheless found the sombre texts of the Latin Requiem Mass for the Dead a powerful and liberating structure.

As Fauré himself wrote: “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.”

Harvey and Justin’s response was “a kind of cradle-song to a new-born child.” For Harvey, who wrote the score in just two weeks, “the child remembering was a powerful image.” Out of this image came a 10-minute partner piece to one of the most beautiful – and forgiving – works in the classical canon (Fauré had no time for the punitive histrionics of the Dies Irae.)

Incantation of Eden responds by shaping itself around the gentle injunction: “Listen … and remember”.

 

The Faure Requiem and Incantation of Eden, conducted by James Murray, will be performed at 7.30pm on  Sunday 25 November, at St Luke’s, Hillmarton Road, London N7 9JE. 

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Village Green Preservation Society – LATEST

We’re sorry to say (well, not entirely sorry) that our performance of this fabulous 50th anniversary tribute to the Kinks’s classic album is SOLD OUT.

But if you missed the good old-fashioned steam-powered train, you’re sure to be able to catch it again some time, and you can hear some choice bits of the album – plus wise words from our maestro Harvey Brough – on Radio 3’s In Tune.

Here it is, folks: (we make our entry at 1hour, 36 mins)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0000tqp

Yes, we were there! Twenty-six of us. (and hopefully some of our friends were there, too).  Seldom has there been such a squash on the 6th floor of Broadcasting House.

And it was Harvey’s birthday.

 

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Roll up, roll up! Village Green Preservation Society tickets now on sale

ehufEarly bird tickets are now on sale for the premiere of Harvey Brough’s brilliant new arrangement of the Kinks’ classic album, The Village Green Preservation Society.

Featuring the 120 voices of Vox Holloway, alongside Young Vox, and soloists Clara Sanabras and Rick Leigh, this unique 50th anniversary celebration of a 20th century masterpiece will take place on Sunday, October 28 at St Luke’s, Hillmarton Road, N7 9RE.

Click here to bag your place at the reduced price of £15 (£10 concessions). Be warned: they will cost you £20 on the door.

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