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17th November 2022
Thu Vaughan Williams: A Celebration
We join forces with the Philharmonia Orchestra to mark the 150th anniversary of Vaughan William’s birth. Ralph Vaughan Williams holds an unrivalled position in the history of British music, and in the hearts of many classical music fans. For us though, it’s personal – he sang in The Choir for decades, and was our Music Director in the 1920s. His overture The Wasps, paves the way for a rare performance of The Garden of Proserpine. This work for orchestra, chorus and soprano sets a poem by Swinburne, atheist enfant terrible of late Victorian poetry. Vaughan Williams clothes Swinburne’s longing for the oblivion of death in music of great tenderness and beauty. “Behold, the sea itself” – once heard, the magnificent opening bars of the Sea Symphony will not be forgotten. Chorus, baritone soloist and orchestra sing of ships and their captains, wind and waves, ocean voyages and the voyage of every human soul, in music so vivid you can almost taste the sea spray in the air.