Thursday 12 July 2012 at 8:00pm
St. Paul's Cathedral
London, United Kingdom
Jan Garbarek saxophone
The Hilliard Ensemble
David James countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump tenor
Steven Harrold tenor
Gordon Jones baritone
Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek and British vocal quartet The Hilliard Ensemble have enjoyed chart-topping success with their enchanting collaborations. The Festival is delighted to welcome the popular performers back to St Paul’s for a unique evening of mesmerising jazz and choral music.
The inspired bringing together of Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble has resulted in consistently inventive music making since 1993. Officium Novum, the third album from Garbarek/Hilliard, focusses on music of Armenia based on the adaptations of Komitas Vardapet, pieces which draw upon both medieval sacred music and the bardic tradition of the Caucasus.
In this concert performance of Officium Novum the musicians will draw their material largely from the album. However, the programme content and order is never quite decided upon until the performers reach the venue and let the building – the sixth voice – speak to them.