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A Vision of Albion

Vaughan Williams and the soul of English music

November 19 @ 4:00 pm 5:15 pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Leeds Minster

Saturday 19 November 4.00pm

This celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ choral music, given in honour of his 150th anniversary, explores some of the colours and sounds of what we now recognize as the greatest and most authentic voice of English music to emerge after the Great War.

The programme encompasses both folksong and some of his most sublime spiritual outpourings.

The concert will last about an hour, after which refreshments will be served.

Vaughan Williams was a man of contradictions, not least as an agnostic with a profound sense and desire for the spiritual. He found his voice as he sought out, preserved and assimilated the folksongs of England, finding in them a simplicity of musical expression a world away from the music of Empire, and then transforming that material into profound high art, capable of speaking to and for a nation in a way his Edwardian predecessors no longer could.

Our programme showcases the influences of Parry and Stanford which he absorbed but gradually left behind.  It includes some of his folksong arrangements, and some of his finest spiritual music – the Mass in G Minor, first performed 100 years ago almost to the day, and the anthem O God our help in ages past.

The full details of the programme will be announced shortly

St Peter’s Singers

Alexander Woodrow Director

£12 (Concessions £10)

Leeds Minster

Leeds Minster, 2-6 Kirkgate
Leeds, W. Yorks LS2 7DJ United Kingdom
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