On Thursday 2 November 2023, Chantage performed Rachmaninoff's All-night vigil Op.37 (sometimes known as the ‘Vespers’) by candlelight, marking 150 years since the composer's birth. The All-night vigil is a beautiful and moving setting of texts from the Russian Orthodox Church liturgy. It was composed in just two weeks in January and February 1915 shortly before the Russian Revolution and is considered by many to be the culmination of an era of Russian sacred music. Rachmaninoff was so fond of the work that he requested that the ‘Nunc Dimititis’ be sung at his funeral.
An introductory talk was delivered by Irina Walters, lecturer on Russian and Eastern European choral music. The performance took place at St Dunstan in the West, the spiritual home of the Romanian Orthodox Church in London for over 50 years.