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Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Mr and Mrs Adrian Scrope, Heini Wathen and Maggie Dan-Lersten
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St Nicolas Church

 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 7th May, St Nicolas Church, Newbury RG14 5HG
7.30pm (ends approx 9.15pm)
£40.00 / £29.00 / £19.00

 

 

 

John Wilson conductor
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano
Newbury Spring Festival Chorus
   
Vaughan Williams Festival Te Deum
Elgar Sea Pictures
Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region
Elgar Enigma Variations

 

John Wilson has an enviable reputation as a conductor, recognised internationally for bringing the music of Broadway and Hollywood to the highest level, while worldrenowned mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is one of the greatest singers of our day, known the world over for her glorious voice: both are mega-stars of the BBC Proms.

 

The 2016 Festival is off to a triumphant opening with Vaughan Williams’ Festival Te Deum, composed for the coronation of George VI in Westminster Abbey, performed tonight by the Newbury Spring Festival Chorus and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, who return in the second half with the composer’s rarely performed Toward the Unknown Region.

 

Elgar’s evocative Sea Pictures is a showcase for Alice Coote’s rich, lustrous tones, and the evening is brought to dramatic conclusion with Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

 

Sponsored by: The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Mr and Mrs Adrian Scrope, Heini Wathen and Maggie Dan-Lersten

 

Festival Chorus supported by Mr and Mrs Alastair Storey

 

In memory of Michael Kennedy CBE

 

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