This celebration concert was given to a full house by a choir of some 200 Alumni and the current members, accompanied by The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. The programme included Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus as well as the World premiere of James MacMillan’s ‘Bring Us, O Lord God’ which Schola had commissioned for their 50th. Anniversary in memory of Lydia.
This event featured the choirs of St. Martin’s, The Thomas Tallis Society, Commotio and Schola Cantorum Oxford with which Lydia had been especially involved as well as representatives from Sevenoaks School. In all there were 160 performers, almost all of whom had known Lydia well, who joined to sing works by Fauré, Palestrina and Monteverdi. Each choir also sang their own selection of music.
The audience of some 200 included many of Lydia’s friends from school, Oxford, Budapest and the climbing world and a few close friends gave us anecdotes and insights into her life as well as readings. A substantial sum of money was collected for WaterAid.