Sounds Sublime Festival 2016

Saturday 16 July 2016

St Martin-in-the-Fields & The National Gallery

Curated by The Sixteen, this free day-long festival showcases the UK’s most exciting and vibrant young vocal ensembles. Hear a diverse range of formal and informal performances across St Martin-in-the-Fields and The National Gallery and take part in family events and singing workshops for all ages.

At the heart of the festival is the annual finale performance from ‘Genesis Sixteen’, The Sixteen’s flagship young artists’ programme for singers aged between 18 and 23. In this free lunchtime concert they present a rich and varied programme of sacred and secular choral music including works by Finzi, Britten and Elgar, conducted by Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan.

This year has a distinct Shakespeare theme running throughout. Our Come & Sing event led by Eamonn Dougan and resident choir Reverie will focus on some wonderful Shakespeare settings, and Reverie will close the festival will an hour long concert of Shakespeare poetry and music.

Families can also attend the premiere of our new production, The Fairy Queen. This unique collaboration between theatre & puppetry group Box Tale Soup and The Sixteen presents an abridged version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream  combined with music from Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen. Two actors, two singers, a lutenist and a host of charming puppets bring this much-loved piece of theatre to life. Suitable for ages 6+.

Full listings to be announced shortly.