Setting the Seal
Friday 18 May 2018
Rush Hour Recital by University College London Chamber Choir, with music by John Woolrich, Howard Skempton and William Walton
St Pancras Parish Church
London NW1 2BA
University College London Chamber Choir
Charles Peebles Director
Spring in Winter John Woolrich
Three Motets Howard Skempton
Earth grown old John Woolrich
Rise up, my Love Howard Skempton
Paradise John Woolrich
Set me as a Seal upon Thine Heart William Walton
Pre-concert talk at 5pm
William Walton’s famous anthem Set me as a Seal upon Thine Heart, composed for a 1938 society wedding, appropriately sets the theme of this programme of choral music inspired by the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May, featuring music by two very different contemporary British composers: Howard Skempton and John Woolrich.
This performance is free of charge and unticketed, but we recommend that you arrive in good time
University College London Chamber Choir
UCL Chamber Choir is part of UCLU Music Society, the student music-making body of University College London. The society also includes a large chorus, a symphony orchestra and University College Opera, Britain’s most high profile student opera company, recognised and acclaimed for its eagerly awaited annual performances of unusual operas in the Bloomsbury Theatre and which celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a highly acclaimed production of Weber’s Die Drei Pintos, followed by the first staging since the eighteenth century of Rameau’s Acante et Cephise.
The Chamber Choir consists of some of the most experienced ensemble singers in the student community and have sung a repertoire ranging from recent programmes of Vivaldi and Pergolesi, and a Charpentier 300th anniversary concert, to a concert of folk-inspired music and the contemporary repertoire that has featured at the ensemble’s performances at the LFCCM in recent years. Other notable appearances have included gala performances in the presences of the two most recent Cardinals, Archbishops H. E. Cormac Murphy O’Connor and Vincent Nichols; Mozart’s Requiem with the London Mozart Players; and two performances of Handel’s Messiah in aid of University College Opera. UCL Chamber Choir also featured in the ITV series William and Mary. Recent projects include a widely admired production of Rousseau’s Le Devin du village as part of the international Rousseau conference held at UCL earlier in 2018.
Charles Peebles studied at Cambridge University, the Guildhall and as a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood. He has conducted, amongst others, the City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Singers, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Nash Ensemble, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras. In 1992 he won the 1st Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain and has since conducted virtually every major Spanish orchestra including Orquesta Nacional de Espana. He has conducted extensively throughout Europe including engagements with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Vienna, Bruckner’s 9th Symphony with the Latvian National Symphony in Riga, concerts in Turkey, including with the Presidential Symphony and concerts with the National Symphony of Mexico. He has recorded for Hyperion and Largo records.
In the field of opera he conducted many productions of a wide repertoire for English Touring Opera, Holland Park Opera and Broomhill, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for the Glyndebourne Tour, and a critically acclaimed series of Rossini opera productions for Garsington Opera. Charles conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 2001 and 2002. He made his Far East debut in a televised concert with the distinguished tenor Jose Cura. Recent opera has included Carmen and Hansel and Gretel for the St Magnus Festival. Since 2001, Charles has been Music Director of University College Opera, where he has conducted operas by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Weber, Donizetti, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Offenbach, plus the British Premieres of Hahn’s Ciboulette, Dvorak’s Vanda, Lalo’s Fiesque, the first British Staging of Bloch’s Macbeth, and the first staging since the eighteenth century of Rameau’s Acante et Cephise. Charles was created an Honorary Fellow of UCL in 2012.