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Orchestra of the Swan: Roderick Williams and English song

Friday April 6, 2018 at 19:45
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester
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  1. 5 Mystical Songs - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  2. Let us garlands bring Op 18 - Gerald Finzi
  3. Romance for Strings in E flat Op 11 - Gerald Finzi
  4. 5 Variants on 'Dives and Lazarus' - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  5. A Downland Suite, for brass ensemble - John Ireland

At the emotional heart of Orchestra of the Swan's extensive repertoire, 40 years separates Vaughan Williams’s two glorious works for strings – both written for an orchestra in three parts – and, like his settings of the poems of mystic George Herbert, gently rooted in older times. Finzi’s beautiful song cycle, with lyrics taken from Shakespeare’s plays – the perfect vehicle for Roderick Williams’s expressive warmth – also pays such an Elizabethan tribute; whereas the unashamedly passionate Romance is saturated in the early 20th century English pastoral. Words and music – and food – for the soul!

Worcester Cathedral
8 College Yard
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