19 Jun 2019
' Von Herzen – möge es wieder – zu Herzen gehen!' ' From the heart – may it return to the heart!'
These are the immortal words of Beethoven, on the title page of his great Missa Solemnis score.
In February, Crouch End Festival Chorus invited UK-resident composers of all styles and traditions to submit their intepretation of these words in a five minute original composition for unaccompanied mixed choir to complement a performance of Missa Solemnis this autumn.
Launching the competition in February 2019, Music Director David Temple said "I simply cannot wait to see what is created as a result of this competition and I hope the variety of styles is breathtaking!"
The competition judging panel, which included Debbie Wiseman OBE and the choir’s Music Director David Temple MBE, had the privilege of assessing an array of pieces that all hit a very high standard.
Following judging, we are delighted to announce Ian Lawson as the winner of our ‘From the heart’ competition.
It was the judges' unanimous decision to select Ian Lawson as the winner. Ian's work echoes beautifully the simplicity of the words, 'From the heart - may it return to the heart!' and the judges felt that it would sit perfectly as a scene-setter to Beethoven’s monumental Missa Solemnis.
Ian Lawson’s winning piece will be premiered by the choir before Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at 19.30 on 5 October 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
From the heart - may it return to the heart! Lawson
Missa Solemnis Beethoven
Sarah Fox soprano
Jess Dandy mezzo-soprano
Robin Tritschler tenor
Neal Davies bass
Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor