7 Jul 2018 7:30 PM - Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton

Our summer concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the death of Hubert Parry in October 1918 with a performance of his moving Songs of Farewell.  These were written in 1916 towards the end of his life when he was both aware of his own mortality and deeply depressed about the First World War, appalled that the “nation of his artistic heroes who had taught him everything could be capable of such carnage”.

Amongst his artistic heroes, JS Bach, Mendelssohon and Brahms all feature in our programme as do those whom he influenced: Stanford, a colleague and sometime friend (whose Magnificat in B-flat is dedicated to Parry) and Holst who was a pupil.

The theme which unites these works is a reflection on the transitory nature of life, as the last of the Songs of Farewell has it: “Lord, let me know mine end”.


  • Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir, (Psalm 91) – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Komm, Jesu, komm – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Warum is das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen – Johannes Brahms
  • Magnificat for 8-Part Chorus in B-Flat Major, Op. 164 – Charles Villiers Stanford
  • Nunc Dimittis – Gustav Holst
  • Songs of Farewell – Hubert Parry


Full: £15; Concessions: £10; Under 16s: £5

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