A MUSIC festival celebrating Britain’s ‘rich musical heritage’ returns to Dorchester Abbey next month.
The Festival of English Music, which will take place from May 27 to 29, celebrates its 15th year.
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The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform on Friday 27 May with conductor Martin Yates. He will perform works by Sir Edward Elgar, Frederick Delius, William Alwyn and RO Morris.
Before that, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto will take center stage with a first presentation of a new interpretive edition prepared and performed by soloist Rupert Marshall-Luck.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Martin Yates will give a rare public performance of his “light and folkloric ballet” for orchestra.
Live choral music will feature this year in three major programs; by Vaughan Williams Five mystical songsby Gustav Holst cloud messenger, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and the Choir of King’s College London under the direction of Joseph Fort.
willow wood by Ralph Vaughan Williams will be performed by baritone soloist Roderick Williams with the Godwine Choir and Holst Orchestra conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton.
The concert will also feature works by Edgar Bainton, George Dyson, Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells and John Ireland.
The Addison Singers program under the direction of David Wordsworth will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor.
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Also included are plays by Sir Arthur Bliss, Charles Wood, John Ireland, George Dyson, John Gardner, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Walter Cecil Macfarren.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a concert will take place at All Saints Church in Sutton Courtenay featuring the Elysian Singers performing A garland for the queen.
The partial song collection was commissioned for the coronation of major composers Sir Arthur Bliss, Sir Arnold Bax, Sir Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Herbert Howells, Gerald Finzi, Lennox Berkeley, Alan Rawsthorne and Edmund Rubbra.
The concert will also include works by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Robin Milford.
In the young emerging artists section, Kathleen Ferrier and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, accompanied by pianist Christopher Glynn, will perform.
At Radley College’s Silk Hall, works by Robin Milford, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs and Sir Edward Elgar will be performed alongside the world premiere of Ivor Gurney’s Violin Sonata in D major, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck with pianist Nathan Williamson.
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The festival’s traditional late-night platform will feature performances from guitarist Michael Poll, vocalist and pianist Michael Law.
The talks will take place at Dorchester Village Hall and will include journalist Stephen Johnson, composer Philip Lancaster and composer John Pickard.
For more information or to buy tickets visit: englishmusicfestival.org.uk
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