The St Ceciliatide celebrations at Stationers’ Hall date from just after the great Fire of London. Revived by Fiori Musicali to great acclaim, these events in honour of music’s patron saint are among the City of London’s best kept secrets.
Exquisite young soprano Grace Davidson joins the Fiori choir and orchestra for Mozart's ebullient setting of the Loreto litany in honour of the Virgin. An autumn concert full of Italianate colour in one of the City's loveliest livery halls.
Mozart – Laudate Dominum from Dominican Vespers
Haydn – Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
Leo – Salve Regina
Mozart – Litaniae Lauretanae
"A splendid entertainment is provided, and before it is always a performance of Music by the best voices and hands in Town . . . This Feast is one of the genteelest in the world."
Grace Davidson soprano, Fiori Musicali Choir, Penelope Rapson director
Reception 6.30 for 7pm concert. Optional candlelit dinner afterwards with fine Saint-Émilion wines +£90
Tickets £25, £35 (includes reception, programme, interval champagne)
20% off for children, students, unemployed, and blue badge holders
Fiori Musicali first came to Stationers' Hall in 1992, performing Purcell's ode Hail! Bright Cecilia on the exact tercentenary of the ode's first performance there on St Cecilia's Day, 22 November 1692. This event pointed up an important connection between Stationers' Hall and St Cecilia, patron saint of music.
Before the 1670s public concerts in England were a rarity. Amongst the very first were concerts at Stationers' Hall (rebuilt in 1672 after the Great Fire of London); and by the 1680s the custom had grown of celebrating St Cecilia's Day there with publicly attended performances and banqueting.
Fiori's modern-day events (like their 17th-century predecessors) seek to fête music's patron saint in the fullest manner possible - through good food, fine wine, convivial company and, most importantly, first-rate music.
Fiori Musicali are one of the UK’s principal providers of baroque and classical music outside London.
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