Saturday, 21st March, 2015 at 7:30pm, St James' Church Muswell Hill, London N10

Introduction from Murray Hipkin, Musical Director. (Please note this concert has now taken place.)

Following yet another sell-out performance last November, I am delighted to invite you to our next concert – and I suggest that you book early as I am sure it will be popular. On Saturday 21 March at 7.30 pm we will be performing a concert of works featuring the magnificently restored Harrison & Harrison organ in St James’ Church, Muswell Hill.

The main choral pieces are Gabriel Fauré’s sublime Requiem in D minor and Kodály’s Missa Brevis; two works which NLC has performed on several occasions but is always excited to revisit. The Fauré hardly needs an introduction except to say that of all the available versions (and there are many), we will be performing an excellent arrangement for solo organ. The Kodály, written in 1942 during the German occupation of Budapest, is the composer’s personal response to the devastation of war. Kodaly considered the human voice to be “the noblest instrument” and the climax of the piece is undoubtedly the final “dona nobis pacem” (“grant us peace”).

The programme will be completed by two shorter pieces. One is a lesser-known work from another Hungarian composer – Die Seligkeiten (The Beatitudes) by Franz Liszt. This compact but hugely atmospheric setting of texts from St Matthew was eventually incorporated into Liszt’s full-length oratorio Christus, but we will be performing it in its original version. The other is a world première by award-winning composer David Loxley-Blount entitled Chorale Prelude and Postlude on Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist. David is a member of the bass section of NLC and in addition to the numerous prizes he has won, he has already had organ and choral pieces performed in churches and cathedrals around the UK and a recent BBC Radio 3 broadcast.

We are thrilled to welcome NLC Vocal Consultant Mark Oldfield who will sing the baritone solos in the Fauré and Liszt. All other solos are taken by members of the choir. Organist Nicholas Chalmers is a former colleague of mine from English National Opera. Now Musical Director of Northern Ireland Opera and Nevill Holt Opera, he is also Director of Music at St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Tickets are available online here. Alternatively, you can use the form below - choose tickets from the drop-down list. Tickets are also available from any member of the choir, or in person at

  • Les Aldrich Music Shop, 98 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, N10 3HN
  • St James' Church Bookshop

I do hope that you will be able to join us.

With best wishes,

Murray Hipkin

Musical Director - North London Chorus