Skylark & friends in London 2018
In celebration of Skylark's international debut in March 2018, we have worked with our friends in the UK to design a unique itinerary of concerts, private talks, and immersive behind-the-scenes tours in some of the Britain's premier choral venues. If you love wonderful choral music, joining us for these few days will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will not want to miss. You can find the itinerary and details below. We hope you will strongly consider joining us in March, and we look forward to your RSVP!
Please note that Skylark is not arranging for travel, lodging, or meals unless specifically mentioned in the itinerary below.
Wednesday, 28 March, 2018
Evening concert by Tenebrae
Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the U.K.’s most renowned choirs, and is the host of the Holy Week Festival. They will present Arvo Pärt’s Passio, preceded by a short concert by the Gesualdo Six, a vocal consort specializing in the performance of Renaissance polyphony.
Thursday, 29 March, 2018
St. Paul’s Cathedral tour & Maundy Thursday service
Join Patrick Craig, a former Tallis Scholar and current lay clerk at the Cathedral, for a private tour of St. Paul’s, followed by the dramatic and richly musical Maundy Thursday service.
Friday, 30 March, 2018
Annual Good Friday performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with Polyphony (afternoon)
For more than a decade Polyphony has given annual sell-out performances of Bach’s St. John Passion at St. John’s Smith Square – the Times has rated Polyphony’s performance as ‘amongst the nest John Passions ... ever heard.’ With the top period instrument players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the pick of the rising generation of singers amongst the soloists, this concert is not to be missed.
"Conductor Stephen Layton, top soloists, the expert choir of Polyphony and the incomparable Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform the St John Passion annually at St John's Smith Square. It's always a sell-out. Bach revised the work several times. Layton has honed his preferred version, but only aficionados will notice or mind. Concentrate instead on the purity of sound, the emotionally expressive yet restrained performance by all and the impeccable attention to text of the soloists" - The Guardian
A conversation with Matthew Guard and Nigel Short
Skylark's International debut (evening)
Skylark Artistic Director Matthew Guard will be joined by Nigel Short, artistic director of Tenebrae, and Richard Heason, Director of St. John’s Smith Square. They will discuss Skylark’s Seven Last Words program, the role of vocal ensembles in the musical life of the U.K., and their experiences leading these organizations.
Post-concert cocktails with Skylark
Artists of Skylark always enjoy a good post-concert celebration – please join us for a round of drinks on Skylark at The Crypt in St. John’s Smith Square.
Cost and RSVP information
Cost for the activities outlined above is $500 per person. $250 of the total cost per person may be treated as a tax deductible gift to help make Skylark’s debut possible.
Travel to and from the U.K., and lodging and meals in the U.K. (unless otherwise noted), are all the responsibility of the individual.
To RSVP, or to address any questions, please contact Carolyn Guard at 404-395-0498 or firstname.lastname@example.org