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


Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd



James McCarthyOne Giant Leap
Samuel BarberAdagio for Strings, Op.11
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSerenade to Music
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsToward the Unknown Region


David Temple – Conductor

Hertfordshire Chorus
Eagle House School Choir
Coldfall School Choir
London Orchestra da Camera

Programme Note

A concert of lunar-themed works, featuring the world premiere of British composer James McCarthy’s One Giant Leap. Commissioned by the Chorus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, McCarthy’s work for large chorus, children’s choir and symphony orchestra conveys the spirit of adventure, the sense of risk and the danger of the Apollo mission.

In the first half of the concert, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music begins with the words ‘How sweet the moonlight’, his Toward the Unknown Region is about travelling to the unknown, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings was played at President Kennedy’s funeral – six years before his moon landing vision was fulfilled in 1969.

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