Conductor: Matthew Hamilton
Our programme explores the joys and pains of love and loss with settings of poems by Robert Burns, Jonson, Shakespeare, Campion and Donne.
Music by Elgar, Parry and Vaughan Williams is contrasted with the contemporary work of James MacMillan, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, and our own Matthew Hamilton. The centrepiece is Parry’s affecting and emotionally charged Songs of Farewell.
Loving and losing are the two greatest challenges in life but there’s always someone around to set it to music.
You may be churning in the depths of despair or flying high on a cloud of love but there will be a melody in your head.
All of the great writers have expressed these two fundamentals of life - Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Burns and Campion. The greats of English choral writing have set their words to music.
The choir bring these together. Elgar – the familiar and well-loved “My love dwelt in a northern land”. Two early works by Vaughan Williams published for the first time in 2007, two items by the contemporary James MacMillan, and as the centre-piece, Parry’s affecting and emotionally charged Songs of Farewell.
As a contrast to the well-known greats, the Four Shakespeare songs by the contemporary Swede Jaakko Mantyjarvi are intriguing, flamboyant and intense. Settings of “come away death” from Twelfth Night, a lullaby from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the witches from Macbeth and “full fathom five” from the Tempest.
And a setting of “ae fond kiss” by our very own Matthew Hamilton. A tremendously exciting opportunity for the choir to perform music with the composer himself.
|Hubert Parry||Songs of Farewell|
|James Macmillan||The gallant weaver
|Matthew Hamilton||Ae fond kiss|
|Edward Elgar||My love dwelt in a northern land|
|Ralph Vaughan Williams||No longer mourn for me
Echo’s lament for Narcissus
|Jaakko Mäntyjärvi||Four Shakespeare Songs|
Ticket prices – £12
Your Reading Passport – £11
Concessions – £10
Students with NUS Card (and 16 to 18) – £8
Under 16 – £5
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A capella, American music, Edward Elgar, English music, Eric Whitacre, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, James MacMillan, Matthew Hamilton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber
Venue: All Saints Downshire Square