The Creation
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Creation

A Gala Festival performance of Haydn’s oratorio The Creation sung by VOCES8, the VOCES8 Scholars and the Milton Abbey International Music Festival Chorus, accompanied by the Senesino Players under the direction of Barnaby Smith. The concert also features a short performance by the VOCES8 Summer School’s junior participants.

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Morgan State University in Concert
May
28
7:00 PM19:00

Morgan State University in Concert

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Program to Include:

Leonard Bernstein, Mass (excerpts)
George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess (excerpts)
Selections from The Beatles
Plus Choral & Gospel Favorites

Morgan State University Choir
The Morgan State University Choir is one of America’s most prestigious university choral ensembles. While classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music comprise the choir’s repertoire; the choir is noted for its emphasis on preserving the heritage of the spiritual, especially in the historic practices of performance.
The Morgan State University Choir has performed around the world to critical acclaim. Named “Best College Choir” in 2004 by Reader’s Digest magazine, the choir has performed with several major symphony orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra. For over 30 years, Dr. Nathan Carter was the conductor of this ensemble.
Dr. Eric Conway is currently the Director of the Morgan State University Choir and Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department. During his tenure, Dr. Conway has led the choir to many acclaimed performances, including a special performance at the service honoring Rosa Parks, the first woman to lie in honor at our nation’s Capital Rotunda. In 2015, at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama, the choir sang at the White House for a nationally televised concert in the East Room of the White House along with Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar, and Tamela Mann. During the summer of 2018 the choir traveled to Slovakia, Germany, and Austria, where they sang in Vienna’s famed St. Marks Cathedral. In the fall of the same year, the choir performed Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra under the
baton of Maestra Marin Alsop. Other recent and upcoming performances include a holiday concert with CeCe Winans and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performance of Porgy and Bess, also with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.
Since 2008, the Choir has performed all over the world including in Russia, South Africa, Canada, Colombia, China, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Italy, Middle East, Australia, Cuba, Spain, and Central Europe. In the May of 2019 they will make their debut tour of the United Kingdom.
MSUC has shared its musical gifts on many grand stages all over the world–with numerous dignitaries and celebrated performers–making them cultural ambassadors for Morgan State University, the City of Baltimore, the state of Maryland and the United States. For further information, see www.msuchoir.org.

Dr. Eric Conway, Director
Since 2004, Eric Conway has served as the director of the Morgan State University Choir as well as chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department. Conway has travelled virtually all over the world, directing the choir in Czech Republic, Ghana, China, Russia, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, and Colombia, to name just a few destinations. Prior to serving as Director, Conway served as principal accompanist for the choir for over twenty years.
He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Piano Performance and minored in Conducting. While at the Peabody, Conway was a recipient of the prestigious Liberace Scholarship, as well as a winner in the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition where earned the honor of playing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
Some of his significant accomplishments as pianist include, a tour of Eastern Africa, sponsored by the United States Information Agency. One of the highlights of the tour was a solo performance for Madagascan television and radio. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras including, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Artists, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Georgetown University Orchestra, and the Millbrook Orchestra in Shepardstown, West Virginia. In January 2006 he performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to wide acclaim.
Dr. Conway is also sought after as a collaborative artist. He has worked with several leading artists including Trevor Wye, Hillary Hahn, Daniel Heifetz, William Brown, Janice Chandler, to name a few. He is also an orchestral pianist for the Baltimore Symphony. In 1994 and 1997, he toured with the orchestra to Eastern Asia.
Dr. Conway’s choral accomplishments include working closely with some of the greatest conductors of the 20th Century including Robert Shaw, Sir Nevelle Mariner, and Donald Neuen. In 2001, he was chorusmaster for the Baltimore Symphony Chorus’ performance of the Verdi Requiem. He travels around the mid-Atlantic area giving Choral Master Classes and workshops for Collegiate and High School levels. In June of 2006, Dr. Conway was Chorusmaster for performances of Mahler Symphony #2, ending the tenure of Baltimore Symphony’s music director, Yuri Temirkanov.
Most recently, he conducted the forces of both the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Soulful Symphony in the Meyerhoff Hall’s Annual Martin Luther King Concert. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he holds degrees in both Accounting and Business Management and is also a Certified Public Accountant. Most recently, Conway has been appointed by Governor O’Malley as a member of the MD State Arts Council.

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Pear O Legs Records presents TEYR + THE NORFOLK BROADS + JOSH GEFFIN
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Pear O Legs Records presents TEYR + THE NORFOLK BROADS + JOSH GEFFIN

Pear O’Legs Records is back at The Gresham Centre in the beautiful Grade I listed church St Anne & St Agnes by St Paul’s with more fantastic music from Teyr, The Norfolk Broads and Josh Geffin.

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Friday 24 May 2019, 7pm 
 £10 advance, £15 on the door 
 GRESHAM CENTRE, GRESHAM ST

Teyr

Teyr

Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Josh Geffin

Josh Geffin

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Barbican and Culture Mile presents Sound Unbound
May
18
to May 19

Barbican and Culture Mile presents Sound Unbound

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Harnessing the sound of four Culture Mile Bells, Guildhall School Singers and Electronic Musicians present a new song cycle exploring the juxtaposition, morphing and manipulation of two diverse yet historically related sound-worlds in the Gresham Centre, formally St Anne and St Agnes Church.

Saturday & Sunday
2–2.30pm, 3–3.30pm & 4–4.30pm

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A Singing Journey - VCM Friends Event
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

A Singing Journey - VCM Friends Event

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A Singing Journey: Inspiration and Impact through the VCM Foundation's Singing Projects

Join Director of Education, Ann Wright for a journey through VCM's inspiring education work and its impact. Who does the Foundation reach? How do we deliver our projects? How do we measure the impact of our work? Ann will address these questions, introduce you to some of our projects, and give you a preview of our new partnership evaluation project with University College London and Hackney Music Service.

Drinks & Snacks afterwards

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Music 4 Mums Fundraising Concert for APP
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Music 4 Mums Fundraising Concert for APP

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'Music 4 Mums' is an evening of singing, celebration, spoken word and sisterhood. Featuring a stellar line up of female artists such as Imelda Staunton and special choral performances by Kings Place Choir, Great Ormand Street Staff and Parent Choir and Choir Baby, a choir for new Mums and Dads.

This event will raise money for APP, and launch their ‘Music 4 Mums’ campaign for 2019. This campaign aims to celebrate mums with musical events all over the country, raising awareness of the need for adequate maternal mental health care services in every area of the UK, and raising much-needed funds to support APP’s vital work supporting women and families affected by postpartum psychosis.

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Post-Partum Psychosis is a mental illness which affects 1 to 2 in every 1000 mothers, yet few people have ever even heard of it. An episode of psychosis is very frightening for mothers and their families. Episodes begin suddenly after childbirth and symptoms include hallucinations and delusions, often with mania, depression or confusion. Although most women do recover, many new mums suffering with mental health problems are not identified or treated and suicide is the second leading cause of death in post-partum women.

This event is an opportunity for people to come together in support of each other, lending their voices to the voiceless and helping to stamp out the dangerous stigma attached to motherhood and mental health, whilst raising funds for Action on Postpartum Psychosis.

Please add your voice to this important conversation by coming along. Every scrap of awareness and funding will go towards helping a Mum get back on her feet so she can enjoy her new baby and hold onto the future she deserves.

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Patrick Hegarty - young composer Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

Patrick Hegarty - young composer Guildhall School of Music and Drama

An example of the type of performance happening at the Gresham on March 28th 2019. VENI Academy performs live "Composition 1960 #7" from La Monte Young Kasárně/Kulturpark / Košice / Slovakia - 6.7.16

Performance of

La Monte Young's Composition 1960 No. 7

Come along a support this young composer’s performance. The piece is a long drone on two tones resulting in a lush field of harmonics to fill and resonate our fabulous space. The ensemble is made up of performers and composers from the Guildhall School of music and Drama.

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VOCES8: 'Sing Joyfully'
Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

VOCES8: 'Sing Joyfully'

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Sing Joyfully - VOCES8 - Roots

The final concert of this year’s ‘Roots’ project will be performed with VOCES8 on Tuesday 19 March in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, U.K. Download the final Programme here.

In praise of the European Day of Early Music and of Bach’s birthday (‘Bourreé!’), and showcasing the ‘Roots’ education project, VOCES8 sing a programme including Byrd, Tallis, Victoria, Britten and Dove, with Monteverdi’s dramatic rendering of La Sestina at its centre-point. Read more about ‘Roots’ here

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Pear O'Legs Records presents - The Return of Bill Jones
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Pear O'Legs Records presents - The Return of Bill Jones

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THE RETURN OF BILL JONES

 Saturday 16 February 2019, 7pm 
 £10 advance, £15 on the door 
 The Gresham Centre, Gresham Street

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The Gresham Centre welcomes back Pear O’Legs Records for a feast of Folk Music! The show will be celebrating Bill Jones’ return to music and the release of her first album in 15 years, which will be out in April 2019. As a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, multi-instrumentalist and beautiful singer, this is going to be a show not to be missed.

Bill (Belinda) Jones is an English folk singer/songwriter, who started her career in 1999, winning a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (Horizon Award) in 2001. Three studio albums later (Turn to Me, Panchpuran, and Two Year Winter), countless festival appearances, and tours across the UK, USA, and Japan, Bill took a long break in 2004 to raise her family.

Back then a young singer, Bill received accolades from audiences across the folk and acoustic music scene. Live sessions on Radio 1’s Andy Kershaw Show, Radio 2’s Mike Harding Folk Show, and Radio 3’s In Tune programme followed, as well as an interview and live performance on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Bill’s beautiful voice and catchy tunes led to a stream of messages over the years asking Bill if she is coming back, and now it’s finally time.

Bill’s new album Wonderful Fairytale will be released in May 2019, with accompanying tour dates and summer festivals. The album was recorded in late 2018 at Ian Stephenson’s Simpson Street Studios. Bill is joined by Ian (double bass), JP Garde (violin/viola), Paul Stewart (guitar), Stephen Henderson (percussion), Miranda Sykes and Gareth Davies-Jones (harmony vocals). Wonderful Fairytale features both traditional songs, songs written by Bill, and songs by Bill and Anne Hills (USA).

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Concert with Apollo5 and the choir from City of London Academy Shoreditch Park
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Concert with Apollo5 and the choir from City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

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Concert – 7:00pm

Concert by Apollo5 and the choir from the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park. In addition to performances by Apollo5, the guest choir will showcase the pieces they have learned and perform some of their own repertoire.

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park opened in September 2017. Thanks to the generous support of Holman Fenwick Willan, the VCM Foundation is able to have a residency with the school helping to support the wonderful singing led by Music Teacher Hannah-Claire Cameron.

Free entry; open to all

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Outreach Workshop with Apollo5 - Friends Event
Feb
11
3:30 PM15:30

Outreach Workshop with Apollo5 - Friends Event

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Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm

The choir from City of London Academy Shoreditch Park will have a workshop with Paul and Apollo5. Guests are welcome to join this session to observe or participate as Paul and the group teach the singers some songs including new arrangements by Greg Link and Blake Morgan.

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park opened in September 2017. Thanks to the generous support of Holman Fenwick Willan, the VCM Foundation is able to have a residency with the school helping to support the wonderful singing led by Music Teacher Hannah-Claire Cameron.

Open to all VCM Friends 

Invitation Only - Friends Event 

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VCM Method Session with Paul Smith - All welcome
Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

VCM Method Session with Paul Smith - All welcome

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Monday 11th February – Outreach Open Day

Teachers, singing leaders, musicians who work with groups of all ages and abilities are welcome to join Paul and learn to use the Method.

VOCES8 Method Session led by Paul Smith – 11:00am-1:00pm 

An opportunity to work with Paul learning the Method and how to lead it with groups of all ages and abilities.

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Musical Adventure with Apollo5 - Friends Event
Jan
31
11:00 AM11:00

Musical Adventure with Apollo5 - Friends Event

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Invitation only - VCM Friends Event

Workshop – 11:00am-12:00pm

Concert – 12:45pm

Witness one of our outreach programmes up close.

Apollo 5 will be joined by Young Leaders from a Senior School in Ealing, working with younger children from an Ealing Primary School.

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Coro 94 at Christmas
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Coro 94 at Christmas

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23 December 2018, doors 15:30, concert 16:00
The Gresham Centre, City of London

Join us for our annual Christmas celebration! Drawing from our second professional recording “Allus”, launched on 1 December, we’ll be featuring extracts including music from Francis Poulenc, John Rutter, Trond Kverno and Ola Gjeilo, as well as repertoire new to Coro 94 from composers such as Kenneth Hesketh, Peter Warlock, Bob Chilcott, John Stainer and John Joubert. Coro 94 will be doing what it does best – performing exciting, heartfelt and moving renditions of sublime a cappella music suitable for the festive season, as well as music with the sensitive piano accompaniment of John Byron.

It’s always an extraordinary concert with an atmosphere that truly marks the start of Christmas proper.

Tickets: https://coro94.com/concerts/

Full Price @ £13

Concessions @ £10

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