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Celebrate the Friday evening of the Royal Jubilee weekend with this smorgasbord of royal music through the ages performed by Lerion Consort. The distinguished London-based vocal ensemble will use anthems, chants, chansons, partings, madrigals and motets specially composed for royal occasions from the 9th to the 20th century to tell a musical story of 'Courts and Conflict through the Ages'.
The programme features works by Josquin, Byrd, Purcell, Walton and the compositions of some monarchs themselves.
The Lerion Consort is a professional vocal ensemble already carving out a niche in the world of classical performance, with their special focus on breaking down the formalities and barriers surrounding classical music. Featuring an expressive sound, the Lerion Consort aims to draw out the best that choral music has to offer through an exciting, imaginative repertoire and strong, soloistic singing, yet as a close ensemble.
The consort was founded by its musical director and conductor, Joe Tobin, after he graduated with distinction from the Masters programme in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Academy's Sir Thomas Armstrong Choral Leadership Prize and Irene Burcher Prizes. Among several other appointments, Joe is currently well-known in this area as the conductor of Penshurst Choral Society.
Other singers include Tamsin Raitte (soprano), Isabelle Haile (soprano), Helena Cooke (alto), James Botcher (tenor and well-known beatboxer!) and David Valsamedis (bass).
St John the Baptist Church is in the centre of Penshurst village, which lies about five miles from each of Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. From almost anywhere in Penshurst , you will see its distinctive tower of the church with its four pinnacles (and wind vanes) at each corner. It is ruched up a set of steps on the other side of the road from the Leicester Arms pub and then through an archway that gives onto the churchyard and path up to the church door.
There is parking available throughout the village and on the right hand side of the lane through the gatehouse to the public car park for Penshurst Place.
Access to the church and the interior of the church are step-free, except for one step under the arch between Leicester Square and the entrance to the churchyard. A wheelchair ramp is available for this step if required: please contact us in advance if possible via email@example.com if this is required.