A hospital may not seem like the most obvious music venue, but walk through the Henry VIII gate of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and you’re soon greeted by a stunning 15th-century
A hospital may not seem like the most obvious music venue, but walk through the Henry VIII gate of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and you’re soon greeted by a stunning 15th-century church tower followed by a large Georgian square. Journey further in and you’ll discover the hospital’s hidden gem, the Barts Pathology Museum.
On Thursday 28th June, City Music Foundation presents a day of music at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Using all three of these very different venues, the day includes three musical events, all performed by CMF Artists.
Lunchtime Recital (free)
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia (cello)
Mihai Ritivoiu (piano)
In April 2018, cellist Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia was selected to be the second CMF Mexican International Scholar. Jairo makes his London debut in this lunchtime recital with pianist Mihai Ritivoiu.
Jairo won First Prize at the National Cello Competition of Mexico in 2014 and has performed at the Cervantino Festival (Mexico), the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival (Los Angeles), and Young Euro Classic (Berlin); he is currently studying in Pittsburgh (USA). Ritivoiu is busy as both a solo and chamber pianist working throughout the UK and Europe. Recent and upcoming highlights include Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall and a recital with cellist Yoanna Prodanova at the St Magnus International Festival.
Henry Eccles Cello Sonata in G minor
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major – I. Allegro Moderato
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821 – I. Allegro Moderato
Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song
David Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68
Jazz in the Hospital Square (free)
Alex Hitchcock (tenor sax)
Will Barry (keyboard)
Dan Casimir (bass)
Will Glaser (drums)
Described as “one to watch” (Jazzwise Magazine) and “a fantastic talent” (Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM), Alex Hitchcock is already widely celebrated as a leading saxophonist and bandleader. Hot off the back of his first UK tour and the release of his debut EP, Hitchcock is joined by three of his regular collaborators for an afternoon of jazz in the hospital square.
Death Speaks (£15)
Barts Pathology Museum
Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)
Andrey Lebedev (guitar)
Iona Allan (violin)
Joseph Havlat (piano)
In death speaks, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang gives Death a human voice.
Premiered alongside his acclaimed the little match girl passion, this haunting song cycle continues its moving comparison between the worlds of the living and the dead. With lyrics drawn solely from the songs of Franz Schubert, who personified Death numerous times, Lang “connects the dots between Romantic morbidity and emo rock” (The New York Times). death speaks is paired with songs and instrumental numbers by Dowland, Ravel, JS Bach, Kurtág and Jonny Greenwood, as well as by Schubert himself.
The performers include two City Music Foundation Artists: Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar). Not often open to the public, The Pathology Museum, part of Queen Mary University of London, is a Grade II Listed Medical Museum situated at the top of St Bartholomew’s Hospital; it houses over 5000 medical specimens displayed over 3 mezzanine levels.
(Thursday) 1:15 pm - 10:00 pm
St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE
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