The Marian Consort
David Wordsworth conductor
Ravel Introduction and Allegro 11’
Poulenc Un soir de neige 6’
Michael Berkeley Touch Light 7’
Colin Matthews Five Concertinos (to Henri Dutilleux) 10’
Michael Berkeley Clarinet Quintet 11’
Lennox Berkeley Stabat Mater 35’
Despite being regarded as one of his finest works, the unusual line-up of eleven instruments and six singers for Lennox Berkeley’s Stabat Mater has led it to be seldom heard since its premiere by Benjamin Britten’s English Opera Group in 1947. In this rare performance, two outstanding young ensembles come together to bring Berkeley’s tour de force back to life, in a programme which acknowledges the composer’s connection with France – where he studied in the 1930s – and with his son Michael.
Pittville Pump Room is an elegant Grade 1 listed Regency building and perhaps the most famous example of Regency architecture in Cheltenham. Standing in regal splendour at one end of Pittville Park, the Pump Room is a monument to more than 100 years of fame that Cheltenham enjoyed as a Spa town.
“The Festival’s morning recitals at the Pump Room are its continuing glory.” The Sunday Times
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