OPEN HOUSE LONDON
Sunday 20 September 2015 | 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Chapel Court, Chapel Cloister and the Chapel (only) will be open to the public – free entry, no reservation required.
FROM AGINCOURT TO WATERLOO: a free concert of French and English choral music by Pegasus
Sunday 20 September 2015 | 5:15pm, Charterhouse Chapel
To cap off Open House London at Charterhouse, Pegasus Chamber Choir under its director Matthew Altham presents a free, hour-long programme exploring glorious English and French choral music through the ages. The fame of the Battle of Agincourt (1415) provides a starting-point. Exactly four hundred years later, an even more decisive battle between the French and the English took place less than 150 miles from Agincourt, at Waterloo (1815).
Our varied programme takes these two great historical events as reference points. We will sing a selection of folksongs (or “chansons”) and sacred pieces written by both French and English composers, including Claude Débussy’s popular Trois Chansons, setting texts by Charles d’Orléans, who was captured by the English at Agincourt, and Ah, Robyn by English composer William Cornysh (featured in the recent television adaptation of Wolf Hall). The programme also includes Jean Mouton’s Nesciens Mater and Clement Jannequin’s La Guerre, alongside works by Lheritier, Dufay and Mouton.
Admission is free and no tickets are required.
Pegasus is one of London’s most versatile chamber choirs, with a repertoire embracing sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to contemporary commissions. The choir performs with leading instrumental ensembles, vocal soloists and conductors, and has had regular collaborations with the London Handel Players, as well as with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum. In 2013, under its director, Matthew Altham, Pegasus won the chamber choir prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours International Choral Competition in France, along with a special award for its performance of the music of Poulenc. The choir has featured on BBC television and radio, Channel 4 and Classic FM.