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The Bevan Family Consort Featuring Rory Kinnear

Sun 26 Nov 2023, 7pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
£15 ⁠–⁠ £52.50
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Soprano sisters Mary and Sophie Bevan appear as part of the consort, reviving the age-old tradition of family singing, with readings by actor Rory Kinnear.

In this concert, the ensemble performs some favourite works from their repertoire, including pieces by Tomás Luis de Victoria, William Byrd, Charles Villiers Stanford, Gustav Holst and David Bevan.

Actor and Bevan family friend Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Bank of Dave) reads excerpts written by members of the family, offering a charming and funny insight into the story behind their group.

The Bevan Family Consort formed in 2013 and is an off-shoot of the original Bevan Family Choir, who toured the country and released two albums in the 1970s.

The tradition of music within the family was begun by Roger and Molly Bevan (grandparents of the current group) and has continued into the second generation.

The Bevan Family Consort today is made up of 14 first cousins, six of whom are professional singers, including Sophie and Mary Bevan, who have made names for themselves on the international stage in opera and on the recital and concert platforms.

The consort released their debut disc on Signum Classics in May 2023.

  • The Bevan Family Consort vocal ensemble
  • Graham Ross conductor
  • Rory Kinnear narrator
  • Handl (Gallus): Rorate caeli
  • Reading: by Anastasia Bevan
  • Victoria: Ave Maria, gratia plena
  • Parsons: Credo quod redemptor
  • Tallis: O sacrum convivium
  • Bevan: Magnificat septimi toni
  • Reading: Excerpt from Against All Advice by Cecilia Bevan
  • Croce: In spiritu humilitatis
  • Villette: Jesu, dulcis memoria
  • Weelkes: Gloria in excelsis
  • Holst: Nunc dimittis
  • Interval
  • Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Stanford: Beata quorum via
  • Reading: Excerpt from Tracing Water by Gwen Bevan
  • Palestrina: Sicut cervus
  • Mendelssohn: Lift thine eyes to the mountains from Elijah
  • Traditional: Amid the new mown hay
  • Gibbons: The silver swan
  • Reading: by Michael Bevan
  • Howells: Here is the little door
  • Darke: In the bleak midwinter
  • Tallis: Glory to thee, my God, this night (Tallis' Canon)

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Dates & times

Sun 26 Nov 2023, 7pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 55 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


  • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £52.50*
  • Concessions25%**

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