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Issue:- 12 September 2013

From Fifty Shades of Grey to forty parts of Tallis

A 16th century choral masterpiece; which soared up the classical music charts after featuring in E.L. James's best-selling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey; is to be the centrepiece of a Come and Sing event at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral next month.

Keen amateur singers can join the Spem in Alium workshop on Saturday, 26 October  2013. It will be led by one of the world's leading choral directors, Stephen Layton, who is also Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia.

Spem in Alium is the lavishly beautiful motet by Thomas Tallis, featuring forty individual voices singing in Latin. Written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the title translates as:- 'Hope in any other.' The piece enjoyed a renaissance in popularity recently when E.L. James made it a favourite of the infamous Christian Grey in her novels.

It requires 8 choirs of 5 voices to sing a cappella and is rarely performed due to its immense complexity and technical demands. The voices have to interweave in every conceivable combination to create an ocean of sound in this vocal work of genius.

As such, the role of the conductor is absolutely crucial and the chance to learn and sing this iconic work under the baton of such an accomplished conductor as Stephen Layton is a fantastic opportunity; especially in the generous acoustic of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Due to the demands of Spem in Alium participants should be experienced singers, capable of learning their own part ahead of the workshop. The music will be sent to them in advance.

The Come and Sing event is part of City of London Sinfonia's Fauré Requiem concert tour. The Orchestra is visiting ten of England's finest Cathedrals during 2013 for a concert series that takes audiences on a journey of liturgical music through the centuries. City of London Sinfonia and Guilford's Cathedral Choir will perform some of the most exquisite spiritual music from Tallis, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc and of course Fauré.

A new piece, specially commissioned for the Orchestra by the composer Gabrielle Jackson will then bring liturgical music up to the 21st Century. Adding an unusual twist is the opportunity for people to support City of London Sinfonia's crowd funding campaign, Gabriel's Angels, by donating towards the new commission. Every donation receives a great reward, including exclusive limited edition badges and signed CDs and artwork. For more details please visit:-

"This tour further enhances the Orchestra's strong reputation for working with choirs and singing of all kinds. Our Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Stephen Layton, was a Cathedral chorister himself and is now recognised as one of the world's leading choral directors. It will be a real treat for us to work with some of the UK's best choirs in the magnificent Cathedral surroundings, and to play for audiences in areas of the country that are new for us. We're also delighted to be giving keen amateur singers the opportunity to work with Stephen as part of the Come and Sing workshop." says Matthew Swann, Chief Executive of City of London Sinfonia.

This tour is made possible through the generous support of Friends of Cathedral Music, Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation and The RVW Trust.

Dates and time:-

26 October 2013 - Come and Sing workshop is 10.00 - 12.00pm and the Fauré Requiem Tour concert is at 7.30pm

Ticket information:-

Tickets for the Come and Sing event cost £10. Participants get 10% off tickets to the evening concert.

Tickets for the City of London Sinfonia Fauré Requiem Tour evening concert are £20.

Box Office:-

National Centre for Early Music
Phone:- 01904 658338
Or in person at the Cathedral Shop

Dates and time:-

26 October 2013 – the Come and Sing workshop is at 10.00 - 12.00pm and the Faure Requiem Tour concert is at 7.30pm.

Concessions are available:-

Children (16 yrs and under) 50% discount
Disabled one free companion seat
Groups (4 people or more) 10% discount
City of London Sinfonia Friends/Friends of Cathedral Music 15% discount - limited to 4 tickets
CLS FIVER (16 to 25 years and students) £5 - register at for tickets

For tour information (not box office) please phone:- 020 7621 2800 or visit us:-


MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives have confirmed that a 27 year old man from Skelmersdale was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, on Wednesday, 12 September 2013, following an appeal by the force. Merseyside Police would like to thank all the media organisations who published or broadcasted it and the public for their help in this matter.

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