Fulham Camerata prepares summer concert for 16 June

Fulham Camerata combines musical talents with Westminster Opera Company for a spectacular night at Holy Cross Church in Parsons Green.

Fulham Camerata in performance

The rich sounds of choral voices, operatic solos and orchestral strings will combine in a thrilling summer concert in Fulham.

For the first time, Fulham Camerata choral group is teaming up with Westminster Opera Company for its Voices for a Summer Evening concert from 7pm on Sunday 16 June.

The groups will join in song to perform Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass at Holy Cross Church, in Ashington Road, Parsons Green.

Created around 1772, the work by the Austrian composer consists of six movements for a choir and soloists, who will be accompanied by a 20-strong orchestra.

The musical treat will include solo performances from tenor Dominic Bevan, soprano Ceferina Penny and horn soloist Benjamin Hartnell-Booth.

The evening will continue by showcasing Mozart’s beautiful piece for soprano and orchestra, Exsultate Jubilate, before the groups share British composer Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

The singers will complete the concert with a premiere of a new work for choir and strings from Fulham Camerata’s composer in residence, Alexander Hopkins.

The piece, Visita, Quaesumus, Domine, is based on the text of an evening prayer, explains Alexander, with “many themes and emotions for a composer to explore”.

Translated from Latin as Visit, We Beg Thee, O Lord, the text of the traditional prayer has inspired the music that will be performed by Fulham Camerata’s 35 singers, alongside orchestral musicians and the soloists from Westminster Opera Company.

From softness and optimism, to darker mysterious moments intertwined with “broad, grandiose chords”, the new musical work is set to be a hypnotic experience.

“The combination of choir and string orchestra creates a rich, warm soundscape, and one which I hope brings this prayer to life,” adds Alexander.

Tickets priced £15 for general admission, £10 for students and free for under 16s are available on the door and from the Ticket Tailor website.

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