Around the World - online concert


Saturday 27 February 2021, 7.30pm
Online - our website, Facebook & YouTube
Wednesday 31 March 2021, 11.30pm
Online - our website, Facebook & YouTube

Around the World - online concert

incl. Consort, Scholars & Academy of Vocal Music

Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

Music is a world within itself - with a language we all understand” (Stevie Wonder)

On Jeffrey Skidmore’s 70th birthday, we invite you to join us for a virtual voyage Around the World to destinations as diverse and beautiful as Rio de Janeiro, Sucre, Milan, Versailles, and the Isle of Skye.

This free*, 40-minute online concert explores Jeffrey’s varied interests, his research trips, and the many journeys in music he has conducted with Ex Cathedra. There will be glorious music from the Latin American and French Baroque, little-known gems from the Italian Renaissance and Jacobean era, and traditional favourites from Sweden and Scotland.

Into this melting pot we have added Liz Dilnot Johnson’s inspirational Blake Reimagined with its fusion of English, Indian classical and improvisation, and a fabulous, fun arrangement of Ben E. King’s Stand by me from 1960s America - a life-changing decade for Jeffrey in which his family emigrated to New England and he returned alone to Birmingham and founded Ex Cathedra.

Don’t miss this audiovisual extravaganza, with films created by Thomas Lowen and Simon Peter King, who has toured with The Drifters.

*We'd be very grateful if you can make a donation in lieu of a ticket to help us recoup some of the costs of presenting this concert. Thank you.

Here's a short preview to whet your appetite:


Stand by me - Ben E. King (1938-2015) arr. Alexander L’Estrange
Kyrie eleison (from Missa Pastoril) - José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830)
Los coflades - Juan de Araujo (1648-1712)
Domine ad adjuvandum - Ignazio Donati (c.1570-1638)
Sankta Lucia – trad. Swedish
Te gloriosus (from Te Deum) – Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)
The Blessed Lamb – Edmund Hooper (c.1553-1621)
Skye Boat Song - trad. Scottish arr. Jeffrey Skidmore
Blake Reimagined – Liz Dilnot Johnson (b.1964)

How to watch

You can watch the concert via the video below, or find it on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, from Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm.

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