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Cappella Romana return to London

World-renowned early music ensemble deliver first performances in London since 2009.
by Ben Sawtell

nullNext month Cappella Romana, the world's leading early music vocal ensemble for the broad exploration of Eastern Orthodox music, led by Dr Alexander Lingas from City's Centre for Music Studies, return to London for the first time since 2009 when they were engaged by the Royal Academy of Arts for its exhibition 'Byzantium: 323-1453'.

Cappella's two day residency will provide the opportunity for the general public to explore rarely heard chant from the Medieval Greek traditions and begins on 14 May with a mini-symposium and recital of Byzantine Chant at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone.

An international panel of leading liturgical scholars and musicologists present a short series of workshop-style presentations aimed to reach a broad spectrum of the public, from early music enthusiasts and liturgy scholars to students and practitioners of Byzantine chant. The audience will also be treated to a recital presented by Cappella Romana and the choir of the Byzantine Music School of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, led by Fr. Joseph Paliouras.

The following night Cappella will perform a full concert at the historic Priory Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great. The programme opens with music for the celebrations of Holy Week composed in and around Jerusalem from the seventh to the ninth centuries, and continues with excerpts of the hauntingly beautiful Great Vespers for the Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria as it might have been celebrated at her monastery on Mount Sinai in Egypt during the fifteenth century.

Cappella Romana's 2013 artistic residency in London is made possible in part by grants, contributions, and assistance from the Higher Education Innovation Fund through City University London, BBC Radio 3, The Hellenic Centre, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira in Great Britain, and St Bartholomew-the-Great.

The ensemble's London residency is followed by performances at the noted German early music festival 'Tage Alter Musik' in Regensburg, and in Athens and Patras, Greece.

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