Chester Music Society Choir

Music of Vaughan Williams

Add to my Calendar 25-03-2017 19:30 25-03-2017 21:30 36 Chester Music Society Choir Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British composers, noted for his wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil, from mysterious to exuberant. His vocal works include hymns, folk-song arrangements and large-scale choral pieces, two of which are to be performed by the Society choir. Dona nobis pacem was written and first performed in 1936 to mark the centenary of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Vaughan Williams produced his plea for peace by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible. The orchestral work In the Fen Country evokes feelings of traversing East Anglia's often bleak Fen landscape, illustrated by the solo opening melody, then wide open spaces as portrayed by sweeping string orchestral textures, with a melodic language strongly reminiscent of English folksong.  The Garden of Proserpine was written when Vaughan-Willaims was only 27 and was his first attempt at a large-scale work for soprano soloist, chorus and full orchestra. It is an impressive achievement: a combination of radiance and nobility that is so characteristic of this composer in his later works. Unpublished and unperformed until 2011, it receives its first performance in the North West in this concert. Chester Cathedral, Chester DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Chester Cathedral | Chester
Saturday 25th March 2017
7:30 PM

Tickets

Prices: £20, £14 (Nave: numbered, reserved): £7 (Aisles, numbered, restricted view).
Booking line: 0333 666 3366
Book Tickets

Programme

Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe Garden of Proserpine
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsIn the Fen Country
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsDona Nobis Pacem

Performers

Alison Pearce – soprano
James Cleverton – baritone
Graham Jordan Ellis – conductor

Liverpool Sinfonia
Chester Music Society Choir

Programme Note

Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British composers, noted for his wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil, from mysterious to exuberant. His vocal works include hymns, folk-song arrangements and large-scale choral pieces, two of which are to be performed by the Society choir.

Dona nobis pacem was written and first performed in 1936 to mark the centenary of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Vaughan Williams produced his plea for peace by referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech, and sections of the Bible.

The orchestral work In the Fen Country evokes feelings of traversing East Anglia's often bleak Fen landscape, illustrated by the solo opening melody, then wide open spaces as portrayed by sweeping string orchestral textures, with a melodic language strongly reminiscent of English folksong. 

The Garden of Proserpine was written when Vaughan-Willaims was only 27 and was his first attempt at a large-scale work for soprano soloist, chorus and full orchestra. It is an impressive achievement: a combination of radiance and nobility that is so characteristic of this composer in his later works. Unpublished and unperformed until 2011, it receives its first performance in the North West in this concert.

Chester Music Society Choir

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