New Worlds

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New Worlds

The music of America and beyond, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel at St Paul's

Join us for a celebration of American composers, musicians and works in our 'New Worlds' series of concerts this summer to mark the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the American Memorial Chapel. 

St Paul's has had a long relationship with the American people, formed largely after the Second World War, a conflict in which thousands of Americans based within the UK were to give their lives. The most visible striking reminder of this sacrifice and subsequent deep friendship can be found in the American Memorial Chapel - a space rebuilt after being destroyed in the Blitz and dedicated in its entirety to the American dead of WW2.

Artistic Director: Simon Johnson
Principal Sponsor: Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

America in Paris Spectacular
City of London Sinfonia with Tim Wakerell (Organ) and conducted by Simon Johnson
Thursday 3 May
7pm
Now in its third year, the Organ & Orchestra Spectacular has become one of London’s marquee organ events, as the magnificent 7246-pipe Cathedral Organ joins forces with full symphony orchestra in an American/French, French/American programme that culminates in Saint-Saëns’ classic Organ Symphony. Along the way we encounter the Barber’s epic Toccata Festiva and Gershwin’s iconic An American in Paris, complete with car horns!
Programme - Marche Américaine   Charles-Marie Widor
- Toccata Festiva   Samuel Barber
- An American in Paris   George Gershwin
INTERVAL
- Symphony No. 3 in C minor 'Organ'   Camille Saint-Saëns
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Fast Cycles – American Minimalism at the Organ
Nico Muhly, James McVinnie, Eliza McCarthy, Timo Andres and Chris Thompson
Thursday 7 June
7pm
Explore new musical worlds as US composer Nico Muhly, one of the most influential musicians working today, joins with innovative organist James McVinnie and friends to present his own music alongside iconic masterpieces from the American minimalist tradition. The programme includes one of the most important works of the twentieth-century, Steve Reich’s Four Organs, a piece that nearly caused a riot at its Carnegie Hall debut, Michael Tilson Thomas recalling: “One woman walked down the aisle and repeatedly banged her head on the front of the stage, wailing ‘Stop, stop, I confess.’”
Programme - O Antiphons   Nico Muhly
- Fast Cycles   Nico Muhly
- Beaming Music   Nico Muhly
- Twitchy Organs   Nico Muhly
- Four Organs   Steve Reich
- Mad Rush   Philip Glass
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For the Common Man
St Paul's Cathedral Choir and Organists, conducted by Andrew Carwood
Wednesday 11 July
7pm
A chance to hear the most famous Cathedral Choir in the world singing into their own unique and breathtaking space, as they perform seminal American choral works of the twentieth-century. Drawing on the anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel, the concert opens with Copland’s celebrated Fanfare for the Common Man, written in response to the US entry into World War 2, and closes with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms from 1965, a dramatic reflection of the turbulence of the twentieth century, with a finale that invites all peoples to join together in unity. Along the way we encounter the music of slavery and despair, and of joy, wonder and hope.
Programme - Fanfare for the Common Man   Aaron Copland (trans. C. Driskill-Smith)
- I wonder as I wander   trad. Appalachian
- Five African-American Spirituals   arr. Michael Tippett
- Variations on America   Charles Ives
- Agnus Dei   Samuel Barber
INTERVAL
- In the beginning   Aaron Copland
- Largo from New World Symphony   Antonin Dvořák (trans. E. Lemare)
- Chichester Psalms   Leonard Bernstein
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A Bite from the Big Apple
Stephen Tharp (Organ)
Thursday 2 August
7pm
An exciting opportunity to hear acclaimed New York City virtuoso Stephen Tharp in concert at the mighty Grand Organ of St Paul’s. Hailed as “the best organist in America” (The Diapason), Tharp brings a formidable programme to London, with music from his home country, Brahms and Elgar at their poetic best, the wind and fire of Messiaen’s landmark Messe de la Pentecôte, and concluding with Liszt’s epic Totentanz.
Programme - Variations on ROUEN   George Baker
- Intermezzo in A (Op. 118, No. 2)   Johannes Brahms (trans. S. Tharp)
- Messe de la Pentecôte   Olivier Messiaen
- Larghetto from Serenade for Strings (Op. 20)   Edward Elgar (trans. C.H. Trevor)
- Totentanz   Franz Liszt (trans. S. Tharp)
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Holst - The Planets
Simon Johnson (Organ), Paulina Voices, St Paul’s Girls’ School
Thursday 6 September
7pm
From the new world to new worlds, a sonic and visual blockbusting finale to the series as Simon Johnson, the celebrated Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, takes us through Holst’s spectacular odyssey in collaboration with the Space Visualisation Studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre and ethereal voices from St Paul’s Girls’ School, where Holst wrote his masterpiece. Alongside the music, enjoy big-screen space footage that beautifully marries the latest images with the monumental score, and bring your electronic devices as the presentation is live-streamed via the St Paul’s website. The concert will begin with a special message from the International Space Station! This will be a mesmerising spectacle, not to be missed.
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