Rachmaninov Vespers

Rachmaninov Vespers

Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple and the Virgin of the Burning Bush, Russian anon, c. 1598, via Wikimedia Commons
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD
Join us for an afternoon workshop exploring Rachmaninov’s seminal choral masterpiece, The All-Night Vigil, commonly known as the Vespers.
 
The workshop will be lead by Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir, Sonoro. Neil will bring his considerable expertise, vocal knowledge and flair to work on music that is as rich as it is rewarding, not to mention in Russian! After working through a varied selection of movements, the afternoon will culminate in a run-through of the works rehearsed.
 
We will be singing in Church Slavonic and are delighted to have professional language coach, Frank Althaus, to guide us through the intricacies and subtleties of pronunciation. We will also be joined by our regular accompanist, Andrew Wells.
 
Tickets: £20 | £15 concessions/under 28s (includes loan scores). Please use the booking form below.
 
The workshop will run from 2:00–6:00 pm, with registration taking place from 1:30pm.
Please note that all tickets must be booked in advance.
 
Covid-19 arrangements
St Peter’s Church is a Covid-secure venue and safety precautions will be in place. While masks will not be required for singing, we ask that participants wear a mask when moving around the Church. We also kindly request that all participants take a Lateral Flow Test on the morning of the workshop, and do not attend in the event of a positive result.
 
Getting there
The Church is a 15-minute walk from Turnham Green underground station (District Line) or you can catch an E3 bus. Alternatively, it is a 10-minute walk from South Acton or Acton Central overground stations. There is free parking in the surrounding streets.
 
Refreshments
Unfortunately due to current restrictions we are unable to serve refreshments. There will be a short break during the afternoon so you may wish to bring your own thermos and snack, as well as a bottle of water.