Following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, we can confirm our series of socially distanced concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields is going ahead as planned. Scroll down for information regarding audience safety at the church.
We are thrilled to announce re:connect – an eight concert series with live socially distanced audiences at our namesake church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Click on the links for programme details and tickets:
- Saturday 12 September Requiem For Our Time – with Roderick Williams and Carolyn Sampson
- Saturday 26 September Overcoming Distance
- Saturday 10 October Isolation & Friendship with Toby Spence, Huw Watkins and Oliver Zeffman
- Saturday 24 October Regeneration
- Saturday 7 November Love & Justice with Philippe Sands
- Saturday 21 November Night – with Eleanor Alberga
- Saturday 5 December Awakening – with Ryan Wigglesworth
- Friday 18 December A Festive Celebration (details and tickets coming soon)
The autumn concerts will take place at 5pm & 7:30pm on two Saturdays per month with guest artists including baritone Roderick Williams, soprano Carolyn Sampson and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth performing a wide range of repertoire.
The series began on Saturday 12 September with a poignant programme entitled Requiem For Our Time, which honoured those who have suffered and lost their lives to COVID-19. It was also given in memory of Martin Loveday, a former cellist with the Academy who died from Coronavirus in April 2020. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten opened the concert, followed by the Fauré Requiem with soloists Carolyn Sampson and Roderick Williams, St. Martin’s Voices and conductor Andrew Earis.
Each concert is named after a theme from the experience of the pandemic including Isolation & Friendship, Regeneration, Love & Justice and Awakening. Overcoming Distance, on Saturday 26 September, includes music by Bach and Mozart as well as Messiaen’s Abime des oiseaux from his Quatour pour la fin du temps, James MacMillan’s Horn interlude from ‘Since it was the day of Preparation…’ and Copland’s Quiet City. In ‘Night‘, we perform Eleanor Alberga’s Nightscape, conducted by the composer, alongside Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 ‘Gran Partita’ (21 November). The final concert will be a festive celebration (18 December).
Watch the concerts online
Each performance will be filmed and the streams will go live on the following Thursday at 7.30pm on a pay-to-view basis – they will be available online for 30 days.
- Thursday 17 September Requiem For Our Time
- Thursday 1 October Overcoming Distance
- Thursday 15 October Isolation & Friendship
- Thursday 29 October Regeneration
- Thursday 12 November Love & Justice
- Thursday 26 November Night
- Thursday 10 December Awakening
- Thursday 24 December A Festive Celebration (details and tickets coming soon)
Click on the concert date to book tickets to watch online. These concerts will remain online for 30 days from the time they go live and you can watch as many times within that window. Tickets can be bought at any point during the 30 day window.
Keeping you safe
We, together with St. Martin-in-the-Fields church, are closely following government guidance and each concert will adhere accordingly to the latest advice.
Full details of the safety measures in place can be found on the St. Martin-in-the-Fields website, and include
- Reduced capacity in the church, with socially distanced seating
- Staggered arrival and entry times
- Shorter performances without interval
- Audience members will need to wear face-coverings (unless they are exempt as per the Government’s guidelines)
- Regular and thorough cleaning, with hand sanitiser for you
- No printed material – no tickets, programmes or programme notes
- The performances are also being recorded to watch as an online concert