Ismena, a professional soprano-cello-piano ensemble, will be presenting Seasons – a concert of 20th Century and contemporary classical music at the Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden.
The performance, on Good Friday, 22nd April at 7.30pm, includes the world premiere of a new arrangement of London-based composer Daryl Runswick’s Scottish Ballads, commissioned by Ismena last year, to include a cello obligato. The songs are arrangements of traditional Scottish folksongs, focusing on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Ismena will also perform excerpts from Barber’s Cello Sonata and Hermit Songs, Copland’s 12 Emily Dickinson Poems and Quartet for the End of Time by Messiaen. Another world premiere will be part of the programme – new songs by Ismena’s cellist Mayda Narvey.
Barber’s Hermit Songs are settings of ancient texts written by 8th Century monks and scholars, on subjects such as a pet cat, pilgrimages and the Crucifixion. The concert’s themes are memories, love, loss and faith. The music is hauntingly beautiful and this will be an opportunity for a peaceful and reflective meditation on Good Friday.
Admission to the concert, in the heart of London’s Theatreland, is free (retiring collection).