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


St Mary the Virgin's Church
Darlington Street



Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir John in Love
Vicente ChavarriaJean
Rani ArboCrossing the Bar
Cecilia McDowallSigh no more, ladies
Edgar CosmaLes Amours des Poetes
Antonio Se-DantasAlecrim
Michael HigginsScarborough Fair
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFive English Folk Songs
Thomas MorleyFyer, Fyer!
~ Interval ~
Amy Beach3 Shakespeare Choruses: no.1, 'Over hill, over dale'
Matthew HarrisShakespeare Songs
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSerenade to Music
Henry PurcellIf Music be the Food of Love, Z.379
Orlande de LassusJubilate Deo omnis terra
Lloyd PfautschMusicks Empire


Jamie Hamilton – Piano

Bath Spa Quartet

Programme Note

The Handful explores the theme of love through poetry and history, from Shakespeare to Verlaine, from folk songs to opera and beyond.

In celebration of the 150th birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams, at the heart of the programme is his Serenade to Music, a beautiful choral meditation on the nature of music and its power to enrapture.

Edgar Cosma's Les amours des poètes includes settings of both medieval and romantic French poetry and we are proud to present the UK première of Part 1 of this exquisite work. 

Sitting alongside these musical gems are works by Orlande de Lassus, Thomas Morley, Henry Purcell, Amy Beach, Matthew Harris, Cecilia McDowall and more.

The Handful is delighted to be joined by Bath Spa Quartet and pianist Jamie Hamilton for this musical celebration of love and poetry.

Bath Spa Quartet

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