PROGRAMME

The English Music Festival (EMF) celebrates Britain’s rich musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of works by British composers, with a particular emphasis on unearthing works that have been overlooked or forgotten. Although the focus of the Festival is the Golden Renaissance of English Music – the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries – our programmes span mediaeval music through to contemporary music; indeed, the Festival has commissioned numerous thrilling and accessible new works from some of Britain’s most admired contemporary composers. We are proud to have staged the world première performance not just of these new pieces, but also of important works by composers such as Frederick Delius, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Hubert Parry, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, and Ralph Vaughan Williams (among many others).

 

Although the EMF’s main event is an annual Festival that takes place in Oxfordshire, its purpose is to re-establish English music in the mainstream repertoire, and, to this end, it runs a number of exciting affiliated enterprises. The UK and European concerts series presents EMF artists in major international concert venues; our educational projects introduce younger generations to this glorious musical heritage; and our Gazette, Spirited, contains fascinating, insightful, and thought-provoking articles about British composers and their works, often set in a wider cultural context.

 

The Festival’s CD label, EM Records, furthers the Festival’s aims by making this music available to everyone. This plaudit-winning label commits to recorded format some of the treasures that the EMF unearths, each disc containing at least one world première recording. EM Publishing completes the circle by publishing books about British composers and scores of music that is otherwise unavailable to musicians, students and music-lovers, thus facilitating performances and disseminating knowledge further.

 

We are tremendously excited to be bringing the EMF to South Africa in a long weekend of events based in and around St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown, in Johannesburg. This wonderful city offers many excellent venues and performers, as well as a great interest in music, evidenced by enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences. The forthcoming Festival – which will see British artists collaborating with Johannesburg-based musicians – will, we believe, be rewarding and culturally enriching both for the EMF and for music-lovers in the area.

 

The South African EMF will take place between 14 and 16 February 2020, and the full programme is published below. Booking – through our online Box Office – will open on 11 December. In the meantime, you may like to consider joining the South African Friends’ Scheme: by doing so, you will play a direct part in helping us to meet the high costs of staging this event, and therefore, in making it a success.

Friday 14 February
7.00pm
GLENSHIEL
Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193

BLISS: Sonata for Piano and Violin

IRELAND: Sonata no.2 for Violin and Piano

ELGAR: Allegretto on GEDGE

PARRY: Freundschaftslieder for violin and piano

ELGAR: Sonata for Violin and Piano, op.82

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

PETER CARTWRIGHT | piano

ZAR 150

Saturday 15 February
10.00am
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

COME AND SING

Audience members are invited to join THE CHOIR OF ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC CHOIRS FROM SOUTH AFRICA, and YOUTH CHOIRS FROM SOWETO in the singing of much-loved hymns.

RICHARD PANTCHEFF | director

MARNUS GREYLING | organ

ZAR 30

3.00pm
BRENTHURST GARDENS
Houghton, Johannesurg 2041

MUSIC AND NATURE: A CONCERT FOR THE GARDENS

PANTCHEFF: The Gardens of Love

World Première performance

BLACKFORD: Dreams and Spells

EM MARSHALL-LUCK | reciter

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

ZAR 150

7.00pm
GLENSHIEL
Westcliff, Johannesburg 2193

GIBBONS: Drop, drop, slow tears

TALLIS: If ye love me

PURCELL: Remember not, Lord, our offences

WILBYE: Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

MORLEY: Aprill is in my Mistris face

PURCELL: Rejoice in the Lord alway

MORLEY: Ay me, the fatal arrow

MORLEY: Now is the month of maying

FARMER: A little pretty bonny lass

FARMER: Fair Phyllis

PURCELL: Musick, for a while

PURCELL: Thou knowest, Lord

BYRD: Ave verum corpus

BILLY JOUBERT: Three Sonnets

LENNON/McCARTNEY: Can’t buy me love

LENNON/McCARTNEY: Yesterday

LENNON/McCARTNEY: With a little help from my friends

THE PARKTOWN SINGERS

MARNUS GREYLING | director

ZAR 150

Sunday 16 February
9.00am
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

MORNING EUCHARIST

MASS SETTING | PANTCHEFF: Service of Holy Communion

COMMUNION MOTET | PURCELL: Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei

ORGAN VOLUNTARY | FLETCHER: A Festival Toccata

RICHARD PANTCHEFF | director

MARNUS GREYLING | organ

2.30pm
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

J.S. BACH: Partita in D minor for Solo Violin, BWV1004

PAGANINI: Caprice no.13

ELGAR: Études caracteristiques

PHIBBS: Suite for Solo Violin

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

ZAR 150

5.15pm
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

STANLEY: Voluntary in D minor, op.5 no.8

THALBEN-BALL: Elegy

PANTCHEFF: Chorale Prelude: Werde munter, mein Gemüte

GUILMANT: March on a Theme by Handel

ELGAR: Nimrod from Variations for Orchestra (“Enigma”)

WALTON: Crown Imperial

MARNUS GREYLING | organ

FREE

6.00pm
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

CHORAL EVENSONG

CHOIR INTROIT | RAMSBOTHAM: Abide with me

RESPONSES | PANTCHEFF: The St George’s Responses

PSALM SETTING | BAIRSTOW: Psalm 114

CANTICLES | STANFORD: Evening Canticles in C

CHOIR ANTHEM | PARRY: I was glad

RECESSIONAL MOTET | RUTTER: A Gaelic Blessing

ORGAN VOLUNTARY | COOK: Impromptu

RICHARD PANTCHEFF | director

MARNUS GREYLING | organ

7.30pm
ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
Parktown, Johannesburg 2193

ENGLISH MUSIC FOR WIND QUINTET

Programme to include:

PURCELL: Suite from Abdelazer

STEPHENSON: Divertimento for Quintet

PANTCHEFF: Nocturnus

ARNOLD: Three Shanties

UMOYA ENSEMBLE

MALANÉ HOFMEYR-BURGER | flute

LESLEY STANSELL | oboe

CHRISNA SMITH | clarinet

PENELOPE IVES | bassoon

SHANNON ARMER | horn

ZAR 150

THE EMF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE PROGRAMME DETAILS IN ANY WAY WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

LATEST NEWS

We invite you to celebrate A White Christmas with EMF regulars The New Foxtrot Serenaders on 14 December at St Lawrence’s Church, Chobham. Full details of this event may be found on this page; and tickets can be purchased through our Events Box Office.

We are tremendously excited to be bringing the EMF to South Africa in a long weekend of events based in and around St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown, in Johannesburg. This wonderful city offers many excellent venues and performers, as well as a great interest in music. The forthcoming Festival – which will see British artists collaborating with local Johannesburg musicians – will, we believe, be rewarding and culturally enriching both for the EMF and for music-lovers in the area. The Festival will take place between 14 and 16 February 2020.

The programme for the South African EMF is now published on this page. Booking – through our online Box Office – will open on 11 December.

Thank you to all who contributed to the 2019 Autumn Festival: to those at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, for their warm hospitality and invaluable help; to the artists, for their superb performances of some wonderful music; to the volunteers who staffed the Box Office, undertook Front-of-House duties, and served refreshments; and, of course, to the audience members for supporting the event, some of whom travelled a considerable distance to be with us. We are currently considering possibilities for the 2020 Festival, which, perhaps, will take place slightly earlier, at the end of August. Please visit this page soon for more details!

Thank you to all who made the 2019 Oxfordshire EMF such a success! We are looking forward to the 2020 Festival and already have a range of exciting concerts planned. The full programme will be available on 1 January 2020, with tickets going on sale in early March.

If you would like more details about our Friends’ Scheme, please follow this link to our newly reinstated ‘Friends’ Scheme’ page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.

Our recording arm, EM Records, has released a number of exciting new recordings, including a triple-disc set of Parry’s complete works for violin and piano and a disc of searingly beautiful choral works by Paul Carr and others. Please visit the EM Records website for full details of these and others!