Cheltenham Festival Chorus
Huddersfield Choral Society
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone
Vaughan Williams Stricken Peninsula: An Italian Rhapsody (premiere) (8’)
Holst The Hymn of Jesus (22’)
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony (65’)
250 performers from around the UK come together in Gloucester’s majestic Cathedral to celebrate a great friendship between two locally-born composers. The Hymn of Jesus, 100 years old this year, was Holst’s next work after finishing The Planets, and was dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams. VW’s mighty setting of Walt Whitman poems brings an equally large chorus to the fore throughout its hour-plus span, alongside expansive roles for two soloists and orchestral writing of blazing colour and energy.
The concert begins with a Vaughan Williams concert premiere – a reconstruction by Cheltenham composer Philip Lane of music VW wrote for a 1945 propaganda film, Stricken Peninsula, about life and reconstruction in post-war Italy.
Supported by The Oldham Foundation and The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
6 – 6.45pm
Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House
Join us for a pre-concert talk introducing tonight’s performance.
With his unique combination of enthusiasm, insight and erudition, Stephen Johnson discusses the friendship of Vaughan Williams and Holst and, with musical illustrations, illuminates the two main works in tonight’s concert.
A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral – one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and steeped in history, from royal coronations and burials to Harry Potter film sets. Begun in 1089 and remodelled over four centuries, its architectural magnificence encompasses Norman and English Gothic styles. The extraordinary fan-faulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country.
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