23 Apr 2016 - St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring

Swiss composer Frank Martin is best known for his mass for double choir; his Songs of Ariel show another side to his compositional personality – dramatic, witty, and vivacious. Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs are ever-popular, but we also include his little-known setting of Sonnet 71, composed while a student. Sonnet 71 has also been set to music by young Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds for choir and glass harmonica; Reading Bach Choir are very excited to be giving the first performance of this piece in the UK.
Alongside these settings, we also present music by seventeenth-century composers Orlando Gibbons, Peter Philips, and Robert Ramsey, and contemporary English music by Gabriel Jackson and Richard Meehan.

Ēriks Ešenvalds – No longer mourn for me (Sonnet 71)
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Three Shakespeare Songs
Frank Martin – Songs of Ariel
Ralph Vaughan Williams – No longer mourn for me (Sonnet 71)
Richard Meehan – He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Gibbons – O clap your hands
Peter Philips – Tibi Laus
Robert Ramsay- How are the mighty fallen
Robert Ramsay- When David heard
Gabriel Jackson – Ave Gloriosa Mater