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Round These Islands | Voix de Vivre (chamber choir)

Saturday July 13, 2019 at 19:30
Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans
£15, concessions £13, students and unwaged £5
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  1. Sing joyfully unto God - William Byrd
  2. O Lord, the maker of all thing - William Mundy
  3. O nata lux de lumine - Thomas Tallis
  4. Hear my Prayer, O Lord Z 15 - Henry Purcell
  5. My soul, there is a country, from Songs of Farewell - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  6. The blue bird, from 8 Partsongs Op 119 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, words by Mary E Coleridge
  7. O wild west wind!, from 4 Partsongs Op 53 - Sir Edward Elgar
  8. I love my love, from 6 Choral Folksongs Op 36b - Traditional, arranged by Gustav Holst
  9. The turtle dove - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  10. Maiden in the mor lay - Benjamin Britten
  11. The Gallant Weaver - James MacMillan
  12. Vertue - Judith Weir
  13. Liliburlero, from 4 Songs from the British Isles - Sir Michael Tippett
  14. Ludlow Town - Michael Head
  15. The lark in the clear air - Phyllis Tate
  16. Ca' the yowes, from Folksong arrangements - Benjamin Britten

Join us for a celebration of music from round these islands. Voix de Vivre's summer concert is a snapshot of wonderful British choral music from the 16th century to the present day.

Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and the less prominent William Mundy were leading composers during the turbulent Tudor years in England,writing sacred music both in Latin and English while successfully negotiating the dangerous religious tensions which so characterised this age. Dependent upon royal patronage, Henry Purcell was pre-eminent during the 17th century Restoration under the Stuarts. He was a composer of unrivalled style and panache who died aged 34.

After Handel’s death in 1759, musical composition in the UK was superseded by the great composers in Germany, Austria and France. It was not until the late 19th century that the next set of influential writers in Britain really emerged from Oxford and Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London. Stanford, Parry, Holst and Vaughan Williams were close colleagues, the younger pair pupils of the older ones. The most internationally recognised of this turn-of–the-century group, however, was the comparative outsider and self-taught composer, Edward Elgar.

The 20th century saw huge technological change and great upheaval. In its way, musical composition reflected this. Britten and Tippett lived through the eye of much of this and they remain among the most vividly individual British musical talents of the last 80 years. James MacMillan and Judith Weir, both Scots, continue in this current century to carry forward the choral medium with sparkling originality.

Marlborough Road Methodist Church
Marlborough Road
St Albans
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