Hot Chocolate at 10, our popular series of late-night Festival concerts, returns for an eighth season on 16 August. This year’s programme reflects an increasingly turbulent world, contrasting works of lamentation with two very different settings of Vespers.
One key performance, on 23 August, is Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Written while Messiaen was held in a German prisoner-of-war camp, the work was premiered there 75 years ago on 15 January 1941. The work is inspired by verses from the book of Revelation in which an angel visits the earth and time is no more.
Amidst a feast of chamber and choral music, two popular performances will be Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of a Confessor performed by our choir on 18 August, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers (the all-night vigil) performed by the Quodlibet Chorale on 26 August.
Concerts are as follows:
Tuesday 16 August – Russian chamber music plus
Wednesday17 August – Lament for souls and nations
Thursday 18 August – Mozart Vespers
Friday 19 August – Bach & Telemann: originals & arrangements
Tuesday 23 August – Apocalyptic Messiaen
Wednesday 24 August – As Darkness falls
Thursday 25 August – Late night baroque
Friday 26 August – Rachmaninoff Vespers