Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Coventry Cathedral
Priory Street
West Midlands


Arvo PärtCantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Francis PoulencConcerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor, FP 93
Gustav MahlerSymphony No.5: Adagietto (arr. Fetherstonhaugh)
Derek NesbitSymphony of Remembering
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSerenata notturna in D major, K.239
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFive Variants of Dives and Lazarus


Rachel Mahon – organ
Michael Collins – Conductor

Orchestra of the Swan

Programme Note

Fundraising Concert in aid of Cathedral’s Diamond Jubilee Organ Appeal

One of the most iconic buildings in the world and a miracle of mid-twentieth century architecture and design, Coventry Cathedral is the perfect setting for a programme that is by turns contemplative and dramatic. From the eternally descending progressions of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten to Dives and Lazarus, Vaughan Williams passionately reworks the English
folk song.

The first half ends with Derek Nisbet’s Symphony of Remembering, created especially for this cathedral and featuring the testimony of people who have suffered more recent losses, including through the pandemic. Mahler’s transcendent Adagietto from his Fifth symphony is followed by the Gothic drama of Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani.

The Poulenc provides the perfect showcase for the magnificent Harrison & Harrison organ built in 1962 featuring a facade designed by the building’s architect Sir Basil Spence. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the cathedral’s Diamond Jubilee Organ appeal.

Orchestra of the Swan

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