LSC in Riga 14-19 August 2005

Our tour to Riga was a great success. Co-inciding with the 8th International Festival of Sacred Music, LSC was resident in the Latvian capital Riga from 14-19 August 2005. The trip celebrated the historic Friendship Agreement made between Liverpool and Riga in 2002; Latvia's accession to the European Union in 2004; and Liverpool's upcoming year as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

At Riga Airport

Wednesday 17 August 2005 | 1.00pm | St Saviour's Church, Riga

Tallis - Tunes for Archbishop Parker No 3
Britten - Concord
Tallis - Miserere Nostri
Skempton - Song at the Year's Turning
Tallis - O Lord Give thy Holy Spirit
Boggon - When the Heart is Broken (first performance)
Tallis (realised by Geoffrey Webber) - Psalm 110
Purcell - Fairest Isle
Tallis - In Ieiunio et Fletu
Elgar - The Shower
Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah (Part 1)

Andrew Mellor conductor

This programme marks the 500th anniversary this year of the birth of English composer Thomas Tallis, exploring some of his most intimate, personal and lesser-known works. Tallis' legacy is marked with the inclusion of music from English composers of subsequent generations, including the first performance of a new work by award-winning Liverpool-based composer Anna Boggon, written to mark four years of LSC and to celebrate the occasion of our first foreign tour.

LSC at St Saviour's Church

Wednesday 17 August 2005 | 5.00pm | The Salaspils Memorial, Salaspils Concentration Camp, Latvia

Allegri Miserere Mei

Salaspils is the site of the murder of over 100,000 jews by the Nazis, where the threshold now bears the sobering inscription 'beyond these gates the earth moans'.

Thursday 18 August 2005 | 6.00pm | St Peter's Church, Riga

Bach - Herzliebster Jesu
Victoria - Popule Meus
Bach - Ich Bins, Ich Sollte Busen
Reger - Unser Lieben Frauen Traum
Bach - Christus, Der Uns Selig Macht
Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah (Part 1)
Bach - Was Mein Gott
Tavener - As One Who Has Slept
Bach - Erkenne Mich Mein Huter
Allegri - Miserere Mei

Andrew Mellor conductor
Anne Kan soprano

In the glorious architecture and acoustic of St Peter's in the heart of Riga we perform the Bach Passion Chorales, surrounded by stunning European sacred music. John Tavener's works are influenced hugely by the Eastern church and the baltic; his moving anthem As One Who Has Slept echoing the sounds and sentiments of the Orthodox liturgy which he practised for many years. From the Orthodoxy of Tavever, via the potestantism of Bach and Reger, our concert arrives at and concludes with Gergorio Allegri's devastatingly moving setting of the holy week psalm Miserere Mei written for private use in the Sistine Chapel, featuring the stunningly talented soprano Anne Kan.

LSC at St Peter's Church

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You can purchase a copy of our tour CD, LSC Live in Riga (featuring live performances of works by Tallis, Bach, Reger, Allegri, Victoria, Elgar and our world premiere by Anna Boggon), as well as helping us on the final financial furlong of our journey.

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LSC Riga 2005

Supported by The Hemby Trust
Additional Support from The Rushworth Trust; The Albert Cooper Music Trust; The Tom Bloxham Charitable Trust;
Media Partner The Filter^
Luggage Sponsor
LSC Major Supporter The John Lewis Partnership
Tour Partner British Corner Shop -
Flights Supplied By Air Baltic
Rehearsal Space Provided by St Saviour's Church
Performance Partners St Saviour's, The English Church; St Peter's Church

Sincere thanks to all those who have helped and advised us:
Mike Storey, Judith Agis, Jason Dolman (Liverpool City Council); Libby Howell (Euro Info Centre North West); Professor Michael Talbot (University of Liverpool); The Very Revd Dr Rupert Hoare (Liverpool Cathedral); Solvita Sejane , Laila Ozolina (St Saviour's Church); Amrita Zarina (St Peter's Church); Ieva Jakobsone (Latvian Embassy in London); Natalija Jegorova (airBaltic); Toby Brundin, Diana Ostrovska (British Council); Elina Large (British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia); Valerija Zirdzina (Department of Culture, Riga City Council); Edmunds Mickus (Music in Latvia); Julie Gaskell (United Utilities): David Wilson (John Lewis Partnership); Anthony Evans (The Filter); Dr Geoffrey Webber (Cambridge University); Maris Jellans; The Patricia Tourist Office; Peter Howarth (Peter Howarth Web Design); Matt Todd (London Philharmonic Orchestra Touring Dept).


Charles Hazlewood - Patron
Andrew Mellor - Music Director and Administrator
David Butt-Philip - Associate Director
Anna Munford - Administrative Officer/Concerts Manager
Martin Hallows - Recording Engineer/Runner
Juliette Fletcher - Medical Advisor