Morten Lauridsen makes a rare trip to the UK in March 2013, to attend a series of 70th birthday concerts and film screenings being mounted in London, Cambridge, Cardiff and St David's.
The series commences on 2 March with a "Come and Sing" day of his choral music in London , being staged by The Addison Singers under the baton of David Wordsworth. repertoire will include his O Magnum Mysterium, Lux Aeterna, Dirait-On (from Les Chansons des Roses) and Sure on This Shining Night (from Nocturnes). Lauridsen will accompany the choir at the piano in the latter two items.
The day is open to anyone. An application form and further details can be found at the choir's site. A flyer about the event can be located here.
The day begins with the London premiere screening of Michael Stillwater's documentary film about Lauridsen - "Shining Night". It's being screened at the Empire Theatre in Leicester Square and also includes a Q & A with Lauridsen and Stillwater. Book here for this screening.
Following the London day, further events take place as follows:
3 March - Film screening/Q & A (Picturehouse, 4pm) and concert (Queen's College Chapel, 7.30-8.15pm): Cambridge (conducted by Suzi Digby), plus open rehearsal at 2pm
4 March - Choral concert: St Davids Cathedral (conducted by Paul Mealor)
5 March - Choral concert: Llandaff Cathedral (conducted by Paul Mealor)
6 March - Film screening/Q & A: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff
Thereafter there are events in Denmark (7-11 March), before two film screenings on 16 March at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Dallas.
More details about all these events here.