Sat 25 November
Orchestra of Opera North
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
St Peter’s Singers
Leeds College of Music Student Chorus
David Hill- conductor
Sarah Fox – soprano
Ben Hulett - tenor
Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Peter Whitfield
The concert will be finished by approximately 9.30pm
A towering figure of 20th century music, Sir Malcolm Arnold’s works reveal a musical voice of complexity and subtlety. His Peterloo Overture is a grave and powerful composition, a memorial to the massacre of 1819.
Ralph Vaughan Williams stands alongside Elgar and Britten as one of the most popular of 20th century English composers. His haunting and breathtakingly beautiful tribute to Thomas Tallis (the ‘father of English music’) is a sumptuously romantic masterpiece.
Elgar was one of the 20th century’s masters of orchestral writing – his scores almost mosaic like in their ever-changing use of instrumental sounds. In the South is a vivid evocation of an Italian holiday, a highly spirited and colourful composition.
Hymnus Paradisi is a stunning orchestral and choral work written after the loss of the composer’s son to polio. The deeply affected father kept the work private for fifteen years. You can almost feel that Howells, who composed pieces to reflect the architecture of the cathedrals they were performed in, intended this piece for the soaring skies, where his son now was.
Leeds’ acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North presents an evening of music from four of England’s greatest composers.
A £37.10, B £34.98, C £30.74, D £24.38, E £18.02, O n/a