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The World-Renowned Martin Neary Conducts The Millennium Consort Singers

The acclaimed Millennium Consort Singers under the direction of Grammy Award nominee Martin Neary, former organist and master of choristers at Westminster Abbey, will perform at Pomona College on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m.

Neary, who is based in London, was hailed by the L.A. Weekly as “an institution in his own right.” Among his many accolades is an appointment by the Queen of England as Lieutenant of the Royal Victoria Order, in appreciation of Neary directing the music for Princess Diana’s funeral. He reprised that role in the critically acclaimed film The Queen. Neary’s numerous recordings include the Grammy-nominated CD Music for Queen Mary–Henry Purcell. He has led the Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey choirs on tours worldwide—from Carnegie Hall to the Kremlin—introducing audiences to works by contemporary British composers.

Founded in 2007, the 15-member Consort’s premiere performance was given at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles in April of that same year. The Los Angeles Times praised one performance as “vividly conveyed…effortlessly spanned the centuries…and [Neary’s] gifted consort took the audience back to the future.”

The College concert will juxtapose old and new, interweaving ancient themes with modern compositions. William Byrd and Benjamin Britten, who Neary calls “two foremost composers of two Golden Ages of English choral music,” represent the Renaissance and 20th century. Representing the 21st century are California-based composers Tom Flaherty (Pomona faculty), and Prix de Rome prizewinner Kurt Rohde. Among the Consort’s singers is Donna M. Di Grazia, Pomona College professor of music.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Admission is free. See below for further program details.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.

Laudibus in sanctis........... William Byrd
Mass for four voices........... Byrd
Hymn to Saint Cecilia........ Benjamin Britten
Rejoice in the Lamb........... Britten
Shakespeare Sonnets....... Tom Flaherty*
Endless^.......................... Kurt Rohde

*Pomona College John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor in Music
^Southern California premiere