Saturday, 17th June, 2017 at 7:30pm, St James Church Muswell Hill, London N10

(Please note that this concert has now taken place.)

We continue our 40th anniversary season with the long-awaited second performance of Matthew King’s Out of the Depths. Commissioned in memory of NLC member, Bill Brown, the première in 2012 was described in the Ham & High as “heartfelt and especially touching”. The evocative and searing text was selected by the composer, in consultation with Bill’s widow Helen, from De profundis, written by Oscar Wilde in Reading Gaol following his conviction for gross indecency in 1895. It describes not only the paralysing boredom of prison life and the crushing mockery of the “jeering mob” at Clapham Junction, but also the soul-destroying separation from humanity, from nature, from the universe.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in this country, and with the coming into force of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, Wilde is among an estimated 50,000 men who have received a posthumous pardon, rendering the closing movement of the piece especially poignant. Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me…. but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just alike, will have clefts in the rock where I may hide…… she will cleanse me in great waters and with bitter herbs make me whole.

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most popular choral works of all time, with an intriguing history to add mystery to the music. Mozart, already a sick man, accepted an anonymous commission to compose a new Requiem Mass but allegedly had illusions that he was writing this powerful masterpiece for himself. Like De profundis, it was published posthumously. The traditional version that we will perform was completed by Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr. Last performed by NLC in 2006 (in a concert with our other Matthew King commission, The Season of Singing) and also in 2003, it makes a welcome return to the choir’s repertoire.

We are joined by a wonderful quartet of young soloists Lucy Knight, Martha Jones, Elgan Llyr Thomas and Timothy Connor, and by our regular orchestra, the Meridian Sinfonia.

Murray Hipkin – conductor
Lucy Knight – soprano
Martha Jones – mezzo-soprano
Elgan Llyr Thomas – tenor
Timothy Connor – baritone

Programme notes for Out of the Depths, together with the full libretto, can be found here.

Saturday 17th June at 7.30 pm
St James Church, Muswell Hill, N10 3DB

Tickets available online at
Prices: £22 - £18 - £10 (concessions £2 reduction)

Tickets are also available from any member of the choir or in person only from:
Les Aldrich Music Shop
98 Fortis Green Road
Muswell Hill, N10 3HN
and from the church bookshop.