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We celebrate 60 years of town-twinning with Harpenden’s Friends of Alzey and Friends of Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire.

Found in Translation explores settings of texts in languages other than the composer’s mother tongue. These include Händel’s Zadok the Priest and Mäntyjärvi’s Four Shakespeare Songs, as well as an intriguing selection of music from composers born as far apart as Estonia and Brazil.

The highlight of the concert will be the premiere of a new piece by Kim Porter, Der Fluss, which sets text from Hermann Hesse’s Siddharta. We are grateful to the Friends of Alzey and Cosne for sponsoring this commission.


  • £17 general admission
  • £5 under-18s and students
  • £15 Friends of Lea Singers, Friends of Alzey or Friends of Cosne


High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2RU  map


Knut Nystedt Prayers of Kierkegaard
G. F. Händel Zadok the Priest
Arvo Pärt The Beatitudes
Urmas Sisask Benedictio
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi Four Shakespeare Songs
Orlando di Lasso Ich Liebe Dich / Je l’aime Bien
Heitor Villa-Lobos Cor Dulce, Cor Amabile
Kim Porter Der Fluss
Tõnu Kõrvits The Night is Darkening Round Me

The Lea Singers
Benjamin Kirk Conductor
Tom Winpenny Organ