PROGRAMME

This page contains the complete programme for the 2018 Festival of English Music, with details of times and venues, works, artists and prices. Please scroll down to browse the entire schedule; or use the links below to view the programme for a particular day or concert.

 

Tickets may be purchased using our online Box Office.
Friday 25 May
4.45pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
The Composers’ Perspective: Richard Blackford and Christopher Wright discuss their Violin Concerto and Symphony

RICHARD BLACKFORD and CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT

£5.00

6pm
MANOR HOUSE GARDEN
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

DRINKS RECEPTION
for EMF Friends and Vice-Presidents

7.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

RICHARD BLACKFORD: Violin Concerto
UK PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

DELIUS: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT: Symphony
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

JOHN ANDREWS | conductor

RICHARD BLACKFORD | conductor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

JOSEPH SPOONER | cello

£26.00

Saturday 26 May
10.45am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Suite de ballet

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT: Summer Music

ARNOLD: Sonata for flute and piano

ERNEST TOMLINSON: Three Pieces for flute and piano

YORK BOWEN: Sonata for flute and piano

EMMA HALNAN | flute

DANIEL KING SMITH | piano

£20.00

2.15pm
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH
Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NJ

BYRD: Kyrie and Gloria

DOWLAND: All people that on earth do dwell

BYRD: Ave verum corpus; Credo

TALLIS: O sacrum Convivium

BYRD: Sanctus; Christe qui lux es; Agnus Dei

ANON: Madame d’Amours

MOERAN: River God’s Song; Under the Greenwood Tree

STEPHEN WILKINSON: Orpheus with his lute

PETER POPE: There is a lady sweet and kind; When to her lute

BUTTERWORTH: The True Lover’s Farewell

TONY BANKS: Follow thy Fair Sun

WARLOCK: The Frostbound Wood; Balulalow; The Night

JOHN POTTER | tenor

JACOB HERINGMAN | lute

£20.00

5.00pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
From Rebel to Romantic: Bliss’s music of the 1920s and 30s

ANDREW BURN

£5.00

7.00pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

DYSON: Three Songs of Courage

HOLST: Sorrow and Joy; Love on my Heart; Assemble, all ye maidens

BLISS: Music for Strings

FINZI: God is gone up

DYSON: To Music; Nocturne

HOLST: Dream Tryst; Ye Little Birds; Come to Me

ELGAR: Elegy

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: In Windsor Forest

HOLST ORCHESTRA

GODWINE CHOIR

HILARY DAVON WETTON | conductor

£26.00

9.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

BRITISH LIGHT PIANO MUSIC
The pianist and radio presenter Paul Guinery presents a selection of light-hearted British repetoire including some of Billy Meyerl’s brilliantly written ‘syncopated novelties’ and other similarly entertaining jazz-inflected pieces.

PAUL GUINERY | piano

£14.00

Sunday 27 May
10.45am
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

ALWYN: Sonata alla Toccata

STERNDALE BENNETT: Romance no.1 in B-flat minor

PARRY: Sonata no.1

EDWARD McGUIRE: Prelude 7

BLISS: Masks

YORK BOWEN: Short Sonata in C-sharp minor

RICHARD DEERING | piano

£20.00

1.00pm
THE NEW PAVILION
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

EMF LUNCH
Wine and non-alcoholic drink included

£15.00

2.15pm
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

NEVER SUCH INNOCENCE

 

ELGAR: Salut d’Amour

ELGAR: Troyte and W.N. from Enigma Variations
(transcr. Elgar)

ALWYN: Water Lilies

BRIDGE: Lament

BAX: In a Vodka Shop

DANIEL KIDANE: Triptych: Six

GURNEY: Prelude no.8 in F-sharp

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Hymn-tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons

ELGAR: Nimrod from Enigma Variations
(transcr. Elgar)

CHRISTOPHER KENT | actor

GAMAL KHAMIS | piano

£20.00

5.00pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
‘One of the most beautiful things you have ever uttered’: a voyage through the violin-and-piano works of Sir Hubert Parry

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK

£5.00

7.00pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas (semi-staged performance)

ARMONICO CONSORT

CHRISTOPHER MONKS | conductor

£26.00

9.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

Traditional English folk-songs

JOHN KIRKPATRICK

£14.00

Monday 28 May
10.45am
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

ETHEL SMYTH: GRASP THE NETTLE

 

Music to include excerpts from:

The Wreckers

Mass in D

Anacreontic Ode

Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate

On the Road

The March of the Women

The Clown

Es wandelt was wir schauen

Possession

Schön Rohtraut

What if I were young again

After Sunset

Chrysilla

LUCY STEVENS | contralto

ELIZABETH MARCUS | piano

£20.00

2.15pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

ELGAR: Piano Quintet

GURNEY: The Western Playland

HOWELLS: Phantasy Quartet

GURNEY: Desire in Spring; Black Stitchel; Sleep; Captain Stratton’s Fancy

BRIDGE QUARTET

MICHAEL DUSSEK | piano

RODERICK WILLIAMS | baritone

£20.00

5.00pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Gustav Holst: the impact of the First World War

CHRIS COPE

£5.00

7.00pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

DYSON: Woodland Suite for string orchestra

WARLOCK: Serenade for the 60th birthday of Delius

DELIUS: Air and Dance

HOWELLS: First Suite

ARWEL HUGHES: Fantasia in A minor

IRELAND: Elegaic Meditation

FINZI: Romance

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Charterhouse Suite

CAMERATA WALES

OWAIN ARWEL HUGHES | conductor

£26.00

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

LATEST NEWS

The Twelfth Festival of English Music will take place in Oxfordshire from Friday 25 to Monday 28 May 2018. A full programme is available on this website.

Booking has now opened for the Twelfth Festival of English Music. Join us for top-quality music-making in convivial surroundings. Highlights include Owain Arwel Hughes and Hilary Davan Wetton conducting beautiful British orchestral and choral works; the UK première of Richard Blackford’s Violin Concerto; the celebrated Armonico Consort in a semi-staged performance of Dido and Aeneas; and a dramatic programme about Dame Ethel Smyth.

On 14th April we are running a Vaughan Williams Odyssey in the Dorking area. Actor Lance Pierson and Vaughan Williams expert Graham Muncy will spend a day taking participants around the homes and stamping grounds of this composer, including a visit to Leith Hill Place. Lunches, wine / soft drinks and tea included. Tickets cost £35 for National Trust members; £40 for non-NT members.

We are delighted to announce the launch of Dr Cuillin Bantock’s latest book on his grandfather, the composer Granville Bantock. A launch event is being held on Saturday 21st April at Schott’s Music, Great Marlborough Street, London, at 6.45p.m., which will include a recital of Bantock’s Third Violin Sonata, as well as a talk by Cuillin and refreshments. Entry to this event is free.

Music and Sweet Poetry Agree is a reading of poetry and prose by Em Marshall-Luck and actor Lance Pierson at St Peter’s Church, Vere Street, London on Friday 15th June at 6.45p.m.. Tickets £15.

Please put in your diaries the dates for our Yorkshire Autumn Festival: 5–7 October 2018. Plans for this look extremely exciting, with concerts at Bolton Castle (including new works written especially for the occasion by Richard Blackford and Paul Lewis), and a screening of the archive films that the EMF has commissioned from the Yorkshire Film Archive, alongside performances of the winning scores from our competition for composers under the age of 30.