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English Music Festival

The annual English Music Festival celebrates the brilliance, innovation, beauty and rich musical heritage of Britain with a strong focus on unearthing overlooked or forgotten masterpieces of the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

For 2022, the English Music Festival makes a welcome return to Dorchester Abbey with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Martin Yates, presenting first performances and rarely-heard works by Sir Edward Elgar, Frederick Delius, William Alwyn and R O Morris. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s lush and lyrical Violin Concerto takes centre stage with a first presentation of a new performing edition, (to be published by EM Publishing), prepared and played by soloist Rupert Marshall-Luck. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Martin Yates gives a rare public outing of his light-hearted folk-infused ballet for orchestra, Old King Cole.

Live choral music is to feature in three major programmes this year. Vaughan Williams’s 'Five Mystical Songs' feature alongside a highly anticipated performance of Gustav Holst’s magnificent 'The Cloud Messenger', setting a fifth-century Sanskrit love-story, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and Choir of King’s College, London under their conductor Joseph Fort.

The rarely performed Pre-Raphaelite-inspired cantata 'Willow-Wood' by Ralph Vaughan Williams is to be performed by the celebrated 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 under David Wordsworth programme one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s best loved works – his Mass in G minor. Also included are pieces by Sir Arthur Bliss, Charles Wood, John Ireland, George Dyson, John Gardner, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, and Walter Cecil Macfarren.
concerts and talks continue throughout the day.
£7.50 - £22.50
Dorchester Abbey High Street Dorchester-on-Thames Oxfordshire OX10 7HH
Fri 27 May to Sun 29 May
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