Elgar and Sibelius: two world-famous contemporaries who never met and came from opposite ends of Europe. Both composers wrote choral songs throughout their creative lives and share a number of influences, traits, tensions and peculiarities in their music.
Join us as we travel between the Malvern Hills and Finnish forests, ending in the steamy embrace of Matthew Whittall's gorgeous tribute to a Saturday sauna. Captured in HD, this multi-camera production features a new concert performance alongside exclusive interviews with the conductor and singers.
Image: Lake view (detail), 1901, by Akseli Gallen-Kallela
TIS NATURE'S VOICE
Elgar famously wrote: 'the trees are singing my music -- or have I sung theirs?'. Often his music evokes the sense that nature is speaking directly to the listener, adding a further dimension to his music about the natural world. We explore this phenomenon in other music from Britain, Germany, and the Nordic region where the idea clearly also appealed to composers. We end with a vibrant contemporary Australian soundscape - Sacred Kingfisher Psalms by Ross Edwards.
10th MAY Newbury Spring Festival
7.30pm, St Martin's Church
East Woodhay, Newbury, RG20 0AL
11th MAY Richmond Concert Society
7.45pm, St Francis de Sales Church
Hampton Hill, Middlesex, TW12 1JR
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Saturday 22nd Feburary 2020
Sibelius Academy Concert Hall
Henry Purcell Hear my prayer, O Lord
Carlo Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories
for Holy Saturday
Edvard Grieg Fire Salmer
Galina Grigorjeva In Paradisum
OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL
12th-15th October 2019
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Performed at Cheltenham Music Festival (July 2018), St. Peter's Bournemouth (October 2018), Music at Pinner (November 2018)