Join us for an exclusive World Leprosy Day performance of “Treasures of Byzantium” held in the stunning surroundings of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London.

This concert performance of newly commissioned music and dance brings to vivid life four evocative Greek poems of the Byzantine era, including 'Between Sea and Sky' three largely unaccompanied choral and solo pieces by Irish composer Solfa Carlile and the world première of 'Akathistos' by BAFTA Award-winning composer, Nick Bicât, featuring choreography by Siân Hopkins and a range of unusual wind and percussion instruments.

Director of Music, James Potter, will lead the Cantata Dramatica choir and soloists whilst the Community Choir of St Stephen Walbrook will join for the closing scenes of strife and triumph.

This unique event will be hosted by St Stephen Walbrook, an iconic City of London church featuring a circular stone altar by Henry Moore, and situated just 1 minute's walk from where Lepra was founded in 1924!

Tickets cost £20 per person

Proceeds from the evening will be dedicated to Lepra and St Stephen Walbrook - please join us for a magical night of music, and help us beat leprosy.

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“Treasures of Byzantium” -  Between Sea and Sky and Akathistos

'Between Sea and Sky' comprises three poems translated from the Greek by Nick Pitts-Tucker and set to music for choir and soloists by Irish composer Solfa Carlile

  • 'Hagia Sophia', in celebration of that great Byzantine Cathedral built by Justinian from 532AD
  • 'Between Earth and Sky', a little poetic gem by Cyrus Panopolis of his friend Daniel the Stylite. This piece, with haunting solo violin and baritone, ends with an Irish twist or two
  • 'The Winter Storm', the terrifying account of his sea crossing in 350AD by Gregory Nazianzus

The second half of the evening comprises the world premiere of Nick Bicât's 'Akathistos', a dramatic retelling of the famous Greek Orthodox Hymn that saved Byzantium from the Persian Siege in 626AD.  

Featuring Frances M Lynch in the lead role of Pulcheria, 'Akathistos' grows from quiet, contemplative beginnings towards an increasingly dramatic confrontation between the besieged Byzantines and the Persian hordes outside the walls. Dance enhances the contest, choreographed by Siân Hopkins and her dancers from Middlesex University.

Refreshments will be served during the evening, and a presentation of the work of Lepra will be made to mark World Leprosy Day 2019.

Guest Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Roger Wright CBE, Chief Executive of Snape Maltings will be speaking at Voices For Change.

Roger Wright CBE has been Chief Executive of Snape Maltings since 2014. Prior to this he was Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of BBC Proms for 17 and 7 years respectively.  Roger is recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced cultural leaders both nationally and internationally. 

Educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and then at Royal Holloway College, Roger began his professional life in 1978 at the British Music Information Centre (BMIC), and also working as a freelance writer and broadcaster. He was appointed Senior Producer at the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1986 before he became Artistic Administrator of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1989.  Three years later, Roger moved to Hamburg to take the post of Vice President, Artists and Repertoire, at Deutsche Grammophon.


The Venue

These four rarely heard treasures will be performed in St Stephen Walbrook, the only church designed by Christopher Wren in 1672 and a prototype for the dome of St Paul’s cathedral. The church contains a centrally placed stone altar, commissioned amid much controversy in 1978 and designed by Henry Moore

This historical venue is located just 1 minute from Mansion House where Lepra was founded in 1924.  


About Cantata Dramatica


We are delighted to be partnering with Cantata Dramatica, who have commissioned all four stunning pieces for this concert performance.

Cantata Dramatica are a not for profit group (charity reg. no 1158027) who generously commission and perform such dramatic new choral music for the benefit of charity.

Enjoy an evening of enchanting music and dance which will help us to change the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Book your seats now through the booking form below. 

Paper tickets will be sent out by post up until the 23rd January. After this date tickets will be available for collection on the night of the event. 

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