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7:30pm, Saturday 24 September 2016
St James's Church, Prebend Street, Islington, N1 8PF
Conductor: Tim Reader
Devised by: Rufus Stilgoe
Readings and choral music from across the centuries combine to tell the story of the Great Fire of London, marking the 350th anniversary of a conflagration that decimated the city, and the subsequent regeneration that forged the London we know today.
Part of the Islington Proms season, the programme features music on the theme of destruction, grief and rejuvenation by composers of the day, including Purcell, and by Morley, Byrd, Haydn, Mozart, Bainton, Bairstow and Parry.
Excerpts from the diary entries of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, and poetry extracts from Dryden and others.
The singers will be joined by The Epiphoni Players in orchestrated arrangements of works by Purcell, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Bainton and Parry, including the latter’s I Was Glad.
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