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


St Wilfrid's Church
Duchy Road
North Yorkshire


Eric WhitacreLeonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
Antonio VivaldiThe Four Seasons
Cecilia MacDowallDa Vinci Requiem


Sara Trickey – violin
Eleonore Cockerham – soprano
Gareth Brynmor John – baritone
David Lawrence – Conductor

Harrogate Choral Society
National Festival Orchestra

Programme Note

In Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine composer Eric Whitacre and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri aim to conceptualize the sublime thoughts of renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, an artist but also a visionary whose mind conceived terrible engines of war such as tanks but also flying machines.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is the best known of his works which were a revolution in musical conception: Vivaldi represented flowing creeks, singing birds (of different species, each specifically characterized), a shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, hunting parties from both the hunters’ and the prey’s point of view, frozen landscapes, and warm winter fires.

The final work Cecilia McDowell’s Da Vinci Requiem resents an imaginative pairing of extracts from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci with texts from the Latin Missa pro defunctis.  Cecilia will be attending the concert and will present a pre concert talk at 6.30 pm (at no additional fee to ticket holders)

Harrogate Choral Society - Leonardo

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