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


Worcester Cathedral
8 College Yard


Edward ElgarThe Music Makers, Op.69
Charles Villiers Stanford3 Motets, Op.38
Charles Villiers StanfordThe Revenge, Op.24
Charles Villiers StanfordShamus O'Brien, Op.61


Sarah Connolly – mezzo-soprano

Meridian Sinfonia
Worcester Festival Choral Society

Programme Note

“We are the music makers, / And we are the dreamers of dreams.”  So run the evocative first lines of Arthur O'Shaughnessy’s 1874 poem, Ode, which Worcestershire-born composer Edward Elgar used for his stirring 1912 choral work The Music Makers. Complementing this English classic is a trio of late Victorian works from Irish composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – the Overture from his romantic comic opera Shamus O’Brien; a bold musical retelling of Tennyson’s poem The Revenge depicting Sir Richard Grenville's heroic 1591 sea battle against the Spanish fleet; and the moving, unaccompanied motet Justorum Animae.

Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano

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