Venue : St John's Smith Square
Address : London, SW1P 3HA
Phone : 020 7222 1061
The opening concert of the St John’s Smith Square Vaughan Williams and Friends Festival, the Holst Singers present an evening of some of the finest twentieth century British choral music. Featuring Parry’s famous and celebratory I was glad, Howells’ hauntingly beautiful Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’ spiritual Mass in G minor, dedicated to his close friend Gustav Holst, which harks back to the composer’s Tudor predecessors while remaining distinctively in his own pastoral and harmonically rich style.
Parry: I was glad
Stanford: Beati quorum via
W Lloyd Webber: Gloria from Missa Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae
Holst: Nunc Dimittis
Vaughan Williams: Lord, thou hast been our refuge
Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor
Benjamin Nicholas conductor
Vaughan Williams and Friends Festival
A glorious three-day celebration of British Music.
Following the huge success of weekends at St John’s devoted to Schubert and Schumann, Anna Tilbrook curates a fascinating exploration of the work of Ralph Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries. Joined by James Gilchrist, the Holst Singers, Philip Dukes and members of Ensemble Elata, the six concerts include such masterpieces as On Wenlock Edge, the Songs of Travel and the Mass in G Minor alongside such impassioned works as Elgar’s Piano Quintet, George Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad songs and Ivor Gurney’s rarely heard but deeply moving Ludlow and Teme.
More details can be found in the festival brochure.