Monday 6 March 2017, 7pm
St John's Smith Square,
London SW1P 3HA
This celebration concert marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Zoltán Kodály, whose philosophy and ideas for a systematic approach to music education have inspired teachers, and enriched the lives of those who teach, both in Hungary and increasingly across the world.
2017 also marks 50 years since the Kodály approach was first brought to the UK by his pupil Cecilia Vajda, who worked over many years for its advancement here and, in 1981, founded what is now the British Kodály Academy.
The concert, arranged by the BKA, features choirs from some of the schools around the UK where Kodály-based music teaching is valued and practised. In addition to choir performances of British folk song arrangements, and Hungarian pieces by Kodály and others, the highlight of the programme will be a joint performance of a new piece for children's voices; A Tree of Song by Bob Chilcott, specially commissioned for the occasion.
Guest appearances from The Joyful Company of Singers and the Banchieri Singers from Hungary.
Conductors include BKA Patrons Dr Douglas Coombes MBE and Dr László Norbert Nemes.