Grange Hotels, London’s leading independent hotels, is proud to announce another exciting new partnership with the 2015 Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, which takes place from Thursday 10th September – Thursday 26th November.
As official sponsors, Grange Hotels will play host to Best of British, a concert featuring a selection of sumptuous a capella songs in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Grange Wellington Hotel’s Chapel on Friday 30th October.
Brandenburg Choral Festival is the brainchild of Artistic Director, Bob Porter, whose dedication and enthusiasm has fuelled its success. Bob comments: “We give amateur choirs that have professional standards the opportunity to perform in historic London venues. I love being able to showcase such an enormous range of music and share the enjoyment it brings to so many people.”
Now in its sixth year, Brandenburg Choral Festival has become the capital’s biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral, boasting 43 choirs andvocal ensembles who will perform across 35 separate events in some of the most beautiful and iconic venues the city has to offer. The festival provides a platform for amateur choirs and small vocal groups to sing a range of different musical styles in beautiful central London venues, many of which are hidden gems, including the elegant Chapel at Grange Wellington Hotel.
Audiences can enjoy choral classics such as Mozart Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria; be inspired by the London premiere of Eventide by Patrick Hawes, commemorating World War One nurse Edith Cavell; or participate in a Come and Singevent that offers the chance to join a chorus led by distinguished conductors, including appointed Associate Musical Director, Ralph Allwood MBE.
Grange Hotels has a long history of supporting the arts and being actively involved in the third sector, and this year the festival will help more than 30 small charities raise money and awareness through collections at many of the concerts, including Grange Hotels’ long-term partner charity, Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR).
Formed in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, IODR’s aim is to measurably improve the well-being of children following natural and other disasters. Together with Brandenburg Choral Festival, Grange Hotels is delighted to announce that IODR will be the beneficiary charity for a special choral recital of Fauré Requiem in the stunning setting of Temple Church on 17th November. For more information or to book tickets for this event, click here.
Bob comments: "I am delighted that Grange Hotels has come on board as our official hotel partner. Our core values are aligned in so many ways; community engagement and supporting the third sector just to name a couple. We look forward to working with Grange Hotels and supporting IODR."
Tickets for the Brandenburg Choral Festival are on sale now at: www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn or via their booking line on 07528 776625(10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday).
AUTUMN SEASON HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Thursday 10 September: Mozart Requiem and Rachmaninov Vespers
Monday 12 October: Eventide by Patrick Hawes (London premiere)
Friday 30 October: Best of British at Grange Wellington Chapel
Saturday 7 November: Come & Sing Elijah with Ralph Allwood MBE
Tuesday 17 November: Fauré Requiem at Temple Church
Thursday 19 November: Vivaldi Gloria featuring Inner Voices
Thursday 26 November: Allegri Miserere featuring Trinity Laban Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir, conducted by Ralph Allwood
Full concert listings: www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn
Brandenburg Choral Festival
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Jane Kersley (Concert Manager)
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Fran Birch (General Manager)
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London runs from 10 September to 26 November 2015. It features 35 concerts in 14 central London venues, with St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Strand at its heart. The Festival was founded in 2010, making 2015 its sixth successive year.
Concert Venues: St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Clement Danes, the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, Temple Church, Swiss Church, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, Cheshire Cheese, St James’s Sussex Garden, St Paul’s Covent Garden, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and, for the first time in 2015, the Grange Wellington Chapel, St Giles-in-the-Fields and St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico.
The Brandenburg Sinfonia, together with its sister orchestra the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, is one of the UK’s busiest orchestras and is known in particular for its work with choirs. It comprises some of the finest professional musicians in the country and performs regularly in major venues in London and across the UK.
Ralph Allwood MBE is Associate Musical Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London. He is founder and conductor of Inner Voices and Director of the Eton Choral Courses. He is Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He has written music heard worldwide on radio and television.
Grange Hotels is the new Festival sponsor for 2015. As London’s leading independent hotels, it provides exquisite accommodation in 4 and 5-Star properties across the heart of the capital and its ethos and values are embedded within the community through arts and culture, education, community affairs, associations and institutions, sports, partnerships and the third sector. It recognises the measurable impact arts and culture has on the economy, health and well-being, society and education, and it understands the important role of corporate philanthropy in contributing to the success of productions and projects such as the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.