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Music and Mysticism

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Olney, MK46 4AD

Tavener: Song for Athene
Finzi: Eclogue
Finzi: God is Gone Up
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Vaughan WIlliams: Serenade to Music

Baritone: Daniel Tate
Piano/Organ: Alex Aitken
Conductor: Mark Jordan

In this, a varied and exciting programme exploring the musical and the spiritual,
we present a variety of music to both calm and rouse the soul.

The programme features two well-known works by Ralph Vaughan Williams;
Five Mystical Songs and Serenade to MusicFive Mystical Songs, for baritone solo
and optional (!) choir are settings of text by 16th Century metaphysical poet George
Herbert, while Serenade to Music explores discussions about music and the 
music
of the spheres, with text from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
We complete the concert with music by John Tavener – Song for Athene, heard at the
funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales – and Gerald Finzi; his triumphant God is Gone Up
(words by the metaphysical poet Edward Taylor) and his meditative Eclogue – the exquisite 
slow movement of his unfinished piano concerto. 

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