Voices of Vox Holloway lifted to Islington benefactor Richard Cloudesley
31 May, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Vox Holloway’s musical director Harvey Brough
The life and legacy of Islington benefactor Richard Cloudesley are being celebrated by charismatic community choir Vox Holloway at two concerts over the next 10 days.
The first is being held on Thursday June 7, at St James Clerkenwell, the second on Saturday June 9 at St Mary’s Upper Street Islington.
The concerts are timed to mark the 500th anniversary of the reading of Cloudesley’s will, leaving a plot of land – known as The Stony Fields or The Fourteen Acres – in perpetuity for a variety of social and religious purposes.
Fields grazed by cattle in the 16th century today deliver an income which funds annual grants of £900,000 to local residents in need, local charities community projects and Church of England churches.
At its concerts, Vox Holloway is singing a new work, The Stony Field, by its musical director Harvey Brough and librettist Justin Butcher. “My piece is the story of a stony field, a miraculous harvest and a dream which came true,” says Brough.
Also being performed are pieces related to the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital. One is Harvey Brough’s A Particular Care, a modern-baroque piece inspired by the hospital. The second is Handel’s celebrated The Foundling Hospital Anthem.
Soloists singing with Vox Holloway include soprano Julie Kench, Spanish singer-songwriter Clara Sanabras, vocal teacher Jo Marshall and baritone Andrew Rupp.
Also performing with the choir are the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School Choir and Holloway Baroque Players.
Vox Holloway concerts:
• Thursday June 7: St James Clerkenwell, Clerkenwell Close
• Saturday June 9: St Mary, Upper Street, Islington.
Tickets: £10/cons £5 online at www.pleasance.co.uk/via/search/stonyfield/ or by telephone on 020 7609 1800