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The William Byrd Singers: To Music, To Singing

Saturday November 27, 2021 at 19:30
Christ Church, West Didsbury, Manchester
£12, £10 concessions, £5 students
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  1. Music for a while, from Oedipus Z 583 - Henry Purcell, realised by Benjamin Britten
  2. Sing joyfully unto God - William Byrd
  3. Hymn to St Cecilia Op 27 - Benjamin Britten
  4. From harmony, from heavenly harmony - Keith Orrell, words by John Dryden
  5. To Music - Sir George Dyson
  6. O wild west wind!, from 4 Partsongs Op 53 - Sir Edward Elgar
  7. There is sweet music, from 4 Partsongs Op 53 - Sir Edward Elgar
  8. The lark in the clear air - Traditional, arranged by Stephen Wilkinson
  9. L'envoi - Stephen Wilkinson, words by Francis Thompson
  10. Serenade to Music - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  11. The Lark Ascending (original version for violin and piano) Op 50 - Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Byrds are back in song! After 18 months' silence, here's an all English programme to celebrate our delayed 50th anniversary.

Starting with Purcell / Britten's Music for a while you will also hear Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia and Vaughan Williams's Serenade to music, pieces dedicated to the power of music which we all welcome back into our lives.

Don't miss TWO premieres: From harmony, from heavenly harmony, a stunning new piece by our current conductor Keith Orrell and L'envoi, the last piece by our first conductor the late, legendary Stephen Wilkinson.

We are joined by violinist Savva Sverev, accompanied by pianist James Pelham.

Join us for our 50th anniversary celebration!

Christ Church, West Didsbury
Darley Avenue
M20 2ZD
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