They will be joined by David Hill, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and presenter Aled Jones to celebrate the company’s 200 years of publishing great classics.
Taking place at the Royal Festival Hall, the special event will include music by Handel, Elgar and Parry alongside titles from film, popular recent works and two specially commissioned fanfares.
According to the company, over the course of its existence Novello has played a central role in the “formation of modern production methods and concert repertoire and remains one of the leading international publishers of choral music to all levels of singers”.
Credited with revitalising British music and helping to diversify the musical landscape, Alfred Novello helped to shape the company’s future by promoting the ethos of singing being a means of social improvement – as well as making music more accessible to all.
Indeed, at the advent of the company, Alfred promoted choral works in series of Cheap Classics, at prices that the ordinary man or woman could afford.
As well as encouraging British music, Alfred Novello helped to shape musical tastes by publishing Continental composers. These included works by Schumann, Berlioz, Verdi and Wagner, as well as commissions from Dvorak, Gounod, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens.
Novello has been at the forefront of the public’s long-lasting love affair with music both old and new as well as helping to shape the role of the modern publisher, a role which it notes is “still changing with successful movements into online sheet music sales and digital media”.
Tickets for the concert, which takes place on September 20th, are available now.