London Concert Choir will present a concert at the Barbican on 11 June 2018 to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). British baritone and composer Roderick Williams has been commissioned to write a major choral work to celebrate and commemorate the first 100 years of the world’s oldest independent air force.
The work, Per Ardua ad Astra – Through Adversity to the Stars, has been sponsored by the RAF with funding provided by the Chancellor from LIBOR funds and will have its world premiere at the event.
London Concert Choir will be joined by the chamber choir Canticum and a children’s choir composed of pupils from a number of local schools. The concert will also feature the Central Band of the RAF.
The new work is intended to become part of the legacy of the RAF’s celebrations and can be scaled down to make it accessible to smaller and/or less experienced singing groups. With the setting of a wide range of aviation poetry at its heart, the piece also draws on iconic sounds from the Service’s history and is interspersed with narrated vignettes.
The concert, subtitled 100 Years of British Music, will also feature works by Parry, Walton and Britten.
Tickets for the concert can be obtained from the Barbican box office. All proceeds from the concert are being donated to charities including the RAF100 Appeal.