Two concerts bringing the work of prominent British, French and Russian composers together will be held in the borough this month.
Fulham Symphony Orchestra and Fulham Camerata Choir are planning concerts featuring music from Dmitri Shostakovich, Galina Ustvolskaya, Howard Goodall and Louis Vierne.
The choral narrative of Invictus: A Passion - created by Howard Goodall and premiered last year in Houston, Texas - will fill Parsons Green’s Holy Cross Church on Saturday 23 March.
Almost exactly a year since its world premiere on Palm Sunday last year, the Fulham Camerata Choir will showcase the contemporary take on the themes of the traditional Christian Passion story with particular attention to the perspective of women.
The choir - which meets each week at the church in Ashington Road - is set to balance Goodall’s contemporary work by singing Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne, composed in 1899.
Directed by Harry Castle, the choir’s music director since last summer, the evening of performances will begin at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, the Fulham Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will explore Russian orchestral works for their Hammersmith Town Hall concert on Saturday 30 March at 7.30pm. It will feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 and the UK premiere of Galina Ustvolskaya’s Poem No. 2.
It’s part of a series of concerts celebrating the orchestra’s 60th anniversary year.
“Shostakovich’s dazzling Fourth Symphony was withdrawn due to Soviet censure before its scheduled 1936 premiere,” said Sharon Robinson, chair, Fulham Symphony Orchestra.
“The symphony, scored for an enormous orchestra of over 100 musicians, wasn’t heard publicly until almost 30 years later.”
She added that while Galina Ustvolskaya was a pupil of Shostakovich, she developed her own distinctive compositional style. “As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations we are also hoping to put on an exhibition of past programmes and other FSO memorabilia for viewing at the concert,” added Sharon.
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