Festival 2021

Never to Forget: music by Howard Goodall, Franz Schubert & Errollyn Wallen

London Symphony Chorus, directed by Simon Halsey, with Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn

Thursday 1 July, 8pm

Christ Church Spitalfields

Featuring world premieres of new works by Howard Goodall and Errollyn Wallen.


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As London emerges from the extended interval caused by coronavirus, Spitalfields Music and our friends at London Symphony Chorus pause to reflect on the impact of the last year and join in presenting two aural memorials.

Festival Curator Errollyn Wallen’s After Winter – commissioned by Streetwise Opera as a companion piece to Schubert’s Winterreise, based on an idea by Christopher Glynn – was to have been premiered last summer, but the project had to be cancelled as the pandemic took hold. It celebrates the kindness of strangers, a theme that has taken on particular poignancy in recent times, with lyrics created in collaboration with Streetwise Opera performers (Middlesbrough).   We are thrilled to welcome baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Christopher Glynn to the Festival to perform extracts of Schubert’s original music interwoven with Errollyn’s new work.

Never to Forget was commissioned by the LSC from their Patron, Howard Goodall, to commemorate the incredible contribution made by health and care workers over the last year, and in particular those who gave their lives to help us.  A private performance of this work will be held earlier in the evening for their relatives.

London Symphony Chorus 

Simon Halsey CBE  chorus director 

After Winter (2020) was funded by Arts Council England, Streetwise Opera’s Commissioning Circle* ​and song cycle sponsors**, Foyle Foundation and RVW Trust. Partners included Ryedale Festival, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Teesside University, Methodist Asylum Project (MAP) Middlesbrough and DePaul.

*Commissioning circle membersDavid CairnsJane FurnissTom and Emily KinaneChristine KirkAnthony & Katherine PinchingJessica Sebag-MontefioreAnne SiddellPeter Tompkins, Robert & Margaret Sanderson.

**​Song cycle sponsors: Tim Geddes, Phyllida Shaw, Duncan Ward.

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8:00 PM

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Christ Church Spitalfields

Commercial Street
E1 6LY
United Kingdom

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