PROGRAMME

This page contains the complete programme for the 2019 English Music Festival, with details of times and venues, works, artists and prices.

 

Booking for the 2019 Oxfordshire Festival is now open to all. Tickets may be purchased through our online Box Office; alternatively, please email the Festival Director, Em Marshall-Luck, if you would like a postal booking form.

 

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

Friday 24 May
5.15pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

TALK
Martin Yates and Lewis Foreman in discussion: Rediscovering lost and incomplete works

MARTIN YATES and LEWIS FOREMAN

£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

PREMIÈRES!

BERNERS: Portsmouth Point
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

ARNOLD: Serenade for Small Orchestra

STANFORD: Violin Concerto in D (1875)
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Blue Bird
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

DELIUS: A Song before Sunrise

MILFORD: Symphony
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

MARTIN YATES | conductor

SERGEY LEVITIN | violin

£26.00

Saturday 25 May
10.45am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

VARIATIONS ON A THEME

ROOTHAM: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor

NIMROD BORENSTEIN: Noctural Fantasia

BORENSTEIN: Souvenirs

BORENSTEIN: Confession

DAVID MATTHEWS: Variations for Violin and Piano on Roger Scruton’s Despedida
FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

ELGAR: Sonata for Violin and Piano
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE OF NEW URTEXT VERSION BY G. HENLE VERLAG

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

MICHAEL KORSTICK | piano

£20.00

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

MY EYES FOR BEAUTY PINE

WOOD: O Thou the central Orb

STANFORD: O for a closer walk with God

BRIDGE: Adagio in E

STANFORD: How beauteous are the feet

IRELAND: Ex ore innocentium

STANFORD: Pray that Jerusalem

HOWELLS: My eyes for beauty pine

PARRY: Long since in Egypt’s plenteous land

SHEPPARD: In manus tuas

TOMKINS: Hear my Prayer

TALLIS: If ye love me

TALLIS: Te lucis ante terminum

STANFORD: Prelude on St Columba

BAIRSTOW: The King of Love

MILFORD: Prelude on St Columba

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Call (from Five Mystical Songs)

THE CHAPEL CHOIR OF WORCESTER COLLEGE, OXFORD

£20.00

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

TALK
Not just another performance of the Elgar Sonata

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK

£5.00

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

RADIANCE

PAUL CARR: Ubi caritas

CARR: The Lamb

BLISS: Birthday Song

BLISS: Cradle Song

OLA GJEILO: Ubi caritas

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra

FINZI: Prelude

CARR: Stabat Mater

ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE

ENGLISH ARTS ORCHESTRA

LESLIE OLIVE | conductor

NICHOLAS DANIEL | oboe

£26.00

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

MUSIC AND SWEET POETRY AGREE

Recitation of poetry and prose about music and composers, and of musical poems and prose, including works by Thomas Hardy, T.S. Eliot, Walter de la Mare, Siegfried Sassoon, J.R.R. Tolkein, John Masefield and A.A. Milne

EM MARSHALL-LUCK & LANCE PIERSON | reciters

£14.00

Sunday 26 May
10.45am
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

ONCE UPON A TIME... STORIES AND DANCES FOR FOUR HANDS

YORK BOWEN: Suite, op.52

ALWYN: Scherzando, Lento, Moderato and Vivace, ma ritmico from Fantasy Waltzes

DELIUS: Eventyr

FRANCIS ROUTH: Roumanian Dance

YORK BOWEN: Four Pieces, op.90

BLISS: Rout

TOVEY: Balliol Waltzes

LYNN ARNOLD & CHARLES MATTHEWS | piano duet

£20.00

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

EMF LUNCH
Wine and non-alcoholic drinks included

£15.00

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

ODE TO ALBION

ELGAR: String Quartet

WALTON: String Quartet no.2

BRITTEN: Divertimenti

BRIDGE: Idylls

PIATTI QUARTET

£20.00

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

TALK
Gustav Holst: The Final Years

CHRIS COPE

£5.00

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

DYSON: Hierusalem

ELGAR: Two Choral Songs, op.73

HOLST: Brook Green Suite

FINZI: Magnificat

HOWELLS: Elegy for solo viola and strings, op.15

IRELAND: Greater Love

HOLST: I love my Love

HOWELLS: Like as the Hart

ELGAR: Serenade for Strings

RUBBRA: Inscape

HOLST ORCHESTRA

GODWINE CHOIR

HILARY DAVAN WETTON | conductor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | viola

£26.00

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

The Great British Songbook of the 1920s to the 1960s

NEW FOXTROT SERENADERS

£14.00

Monday 27 May
10.45am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

LOVE’S VOICE

HOWELLS: Four Songs

WARLOCK: Folksong Preludes

IRELAND: Songs sacred and profane

FINZI: O fair to see

HOWELLS: Snapshots

IAN VENABLES: Venetian Songs

WARLOCK: Three Belloc Songs

ANANDO MUKERJEE | tenor

PAVEL TIMOFEYEVSKY | piano

£20.00

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

LIKE AS THE LUTE DELIGHTS

Lute songs, solos and duets by JOHN DOWLAND and JOHN DANIEL

SARA STOWE | soprano

LEWIS SPRING | alto

SAM BROWN | lute

MATTHEW SPRING | lute; viola da gamba

£20.00

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

TALK
Fantasia on a Theme: a short survey of English music for strings

DAVID WORDSWORTH

£5.00

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

HEARTSTRINGS

BAINTON: Pavan, Idyll and Bacchanal

DELIUS: Légende

ALWYN: Love scene from The Fallen Idol

CLIVE JENKINS: Sinfonietta for Strings

IRELAND: Cavatina

IRELAND: Soliloquy

IRELAND: Bagatelle

FINZI: Romance

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto Grosso

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE OF LONDON

PETER FISHER | director

£26.00

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

LATEST NEWS

We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2019 EMF Programme, which includes many gems, including the world première performances of Robin Milford’s Symphony, Vaughan Williams’s The Blue Bird, Lord Berners’ Portsmouth Point, Stanford’s Violin Concerto in D of 1875, and a new work by David Matthews. The full programme is published on this page.

Booking for the 2019 Oxfordshire English Music Festival is now open to all. Tickets may be purchased through our online Box Office; alternatively, please email the Festival Director, Em Marshall-Luck, if you would like a postal booking form.

Each day of the Oxfordshire Festival, the EMF operates a bus service between Didcot Parkway railway station and Dorchester-on-Thames; and a shuttle bus service from Dorchester to those concerts that take place at Radley College or at All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay. The full timetable for the 2019 Festival is now available and can be viewed on this page. Tickets may be purchased through our online Box Office.

Please note that, because of postal times, it is no longer possible for purchased tickets for the 2019 Oxfordshire EMF to be posted; they will, instead, be held for collection at the Festival Box Office, from where they can be collected at any time during the Festival.

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.

The third Yorkshire Dales EMF was a tremendous success, with events – including a number of new works written specially for the occasion – taking place in mediaeval Bolton Castle, the beautiful church at Aysgarth, and boutique hotel Simonstone Hall. We are currently planning the fourth Autumn Festival and dates and further details will be announced shortly.

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!