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 Music. Five 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; Hubert Parry: Blest Pair
of Sirens, played at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton; 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.