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A young Jewish counter tenor is to sing in Hebrew in a work by Leonard Bernstein to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth. Theo Golden, a 19-year-old music student, will sing what he describes as the “incredibly atmospheric” counter tenor part in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, at Cadogan Hall on 10 March, with the Thames Philharmonic Choir. It will be Theo’s first solo performance at his favourite London concert venue. Bernstein wanted the part to be heard as if sung by the young shepherd-psalmist David, and in Hebrew to capture the language’s melodies, rhythm and mood. “The part could have been written for Theo,” said Artistic Director John Bate, “as he speaks Hebrew and his voice is young and fresh.” “It is a great honour to be singing in the language of my religion,” added Theo, “and it’s also a lovely coincidence that I live in the Diocese of Chichester” – the Work was commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester. The Chichester Psalms combine English choral tradition – and what Bernstein described as “old-fashioned sweetness” – spiced with Middle Eastern percussion and tonality, and a distinct injection of contemporary jazz and vitality, recalling the composer’s musical West Side Story. The concert as a whole is emotionally charged: complementing the theme of remembrance is the achingly beautiful Adagio for Strings by Bernstein’s fellow American and contemporary Samuel Barber, and Mozart’s Requiem, which the composer was writing on his death-bed. The Requiem has become one of the most famous and loved works in the classical choral repertoire. For Orchestra leader Nandor Szederkényi, “Mozart’s last masterpiece is a special mission; it makes my life richer and happier.” Szederkényi is a Hungarian, formerly concert master for a leading Japanese orchestra, and for Sarajevo Philharmonic, who has recently moved to London. He describes Barber’s Adagio as “miracle music – no human being can stay untouched.” The piece has been played on, and evokes occasions of international mourning, such as after the assassination of President Kennedy, Princess Diana’s death and 9/11. As Szederkényi says: “Works such as these are proof that music is simply necessary for our life.” ___________________________ Leonard BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms Samuel BARBER Adagio for Strings MOZART REQUIEM Saturday, 10 March, 2018, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ Thames Philharmonic Choir Soloists: Katherine Crompton (soprano), Theo Golden (Counter Tenor) Adam Tunnicliffe (Tenor), Edward Grint (Bass) Thames Festival Orchestra, Leader Nandor Szederkényi Conductor John Bate For more information, and insights into the work and life of the Choir, visit: If you would like a press ticket to the concert with a view to writing an article or review, email Gilly Cameron Cooper, or phone Jackie Morgan 07557 960 942 TICKETS: £28, £25, £18, £12, at the door on the evening of the concert, or: Book in advance: 020 7730 4500; Disabled friendly, accompanying carers admitted free - contact Cadogan Hall.


If you would like high resolution photos of any of these artists, please contact the TPC Publicity Office, Gilly Cameron Cooper on 07900424653

Soprano Katherine Crompton and bass Edward Grint are married and had their first child in December

​Canadian tenor Adam Tunnicliffe

Theo Golden, counter tenor, is in his first year of studying music at Durham University.

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