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PROGRAMME

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2022 May EMF. This year, the Festival is scheduled to return to Oxfordshire, with events held in the glorious surroundings of Dorchester Abbey as well as at the Silk Hall at Radley College and the historic All Saints’ Church at Sutton Courtenay.

 

The full programme, with details of venues, works and artists, is given below. Public booking will open on 15 March, with tickets available through our online Box Office and by post.

 

In the meantime, if you are not already a member of the EMF Friends’ Scheme and would like to know more about how you can support the work of the Festival in this way, please visit this page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.

Friday 27 May
5.15pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

TALK: Vaughan Williams — The Shadow and the Light

STEPHEN JOHNSON

£7.50
7.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: The Spanish Lady: Comedy Overture
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

FREDERICK DELIUS: Petite Suite pour Orchestre
FIRST PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE

SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Violin Concerto in G minor
FIRST PERFORMANCE OF NEW EDITION

WILLIAM ALWYN: Concerto Grosso no.1 in B-flat

VICTOR HELY-HUTCHISON: Variations, Intermezzo, Scherzo and Finale

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Ballet: Old King Cole

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

MARTIN YATES | conductor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

£27.50
Saturday 28 May
10.45am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

HAVERGAL BRIAN: When Icicles Hang by the Wall

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Sorrow Song

HAVERGAL BRIAN: The Message

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Farewell

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Piping Down the Valleys Wild

HAVERGAL BRIAN: The Land of Dreams

HAVERGAL BRIAN: The Defiled Sanctuary

HAVERGAL BRIAN: John Dowland’s Fancy

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Lady Ellayne

HAVERGAL BRIAN: Why Dost Thou Wound and Break My Heart?

HAVERGAL BRIAN: The Mountain and the Squirrel

HAVERGAL BRIAN: The Lost Doll

GRANVILLE BANTOCK: Ozymandias

GRANVILLE BANTOCK: Song to the Seals

JOSEPH HOLBROOKE: Annabel Lee

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: In Moonlight

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: The Muleteer’s Serenade

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: A Song of Flight

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Splendour Falls

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: How Can the Tree but Wither?

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Rondel

HAROLD TRUSCOTT: Two Songs

GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN | baritone

CHRISTOPHER GLYNN | piano

£22.50
2.15pm
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH
Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NJ

A GARLAND FOR THE QUEEN

SIR ARTHUR BLISS: Aubade

SIR ARNOLD BAX: What Is It Like to Be Young and Fair?

SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT: Dance, Clarion Air

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Silence and Music

LENNOX BERKELEY: Spring, at This Hour

JOHN IRELAND: The Hills

HERBERT HOWELLS: Inheritance

GERALD FINZI: White-Flowering Days

ALAN RAWSTHORNE: Canzonet

EDMUND RUBBRA: Salutation

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT: Missa Brevis

ROBIN MILFORD: Songs of Escape

ENGLISH FOLK SONG arr. GUSTAV HOLST: I Love My Love

ENGLISH FOLK SONG arr. SIR EDWARD BAIRSTOW: The Oak and the Ash

ENGLISH FOLK SONG arr. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Turtle Dove

ENGLISH FOLK SONG arr. PETER WARLOCK and CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS: Yarmouth Fair

ELYSIAN SINGERS

SAM LAUGHTON | director

£22.50
5.45pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

TALK: Havergal Brian Fifty Years On — Myths, Misconceptions and Mysteries

JOHN PICKARD

£7.50
7.00pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

GERALD FINZI: Extracts from Love’s Labour’s Lost

JOHN IRELAND: Te Deum and Jubilate in F

EDGAR BAINTON: Christ in the Wilderness

HERBERT HOWELLS: A Hymn for St Cecilia

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Willow Wood

HERBERT HOWELLS: Music for a Prince

GUSTAV HOLST: This Have I Done for My True Love

FREDERICK DELIUS: Irmelin Prelude

HERBERT HOWELLS: King David

SIR GEORGE DYSON: In Honour of the City

THE HOLST ORCHESTRA

GODWINE CHOIR

HILARY DAVAN WETTON | conductor

RODERICK WILLIAMS | baritone

£27.50
9.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Nocturnal

JOHN DOWLAND: La Mia Barbara

WILLIAM WALTON: Three Bagatelles

JOHN DOWLAND: Melancholy Galliard

JOHN DOWLAND: Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe

MICHAEL POLL | guitar

£17.50
Sunday 29 May
10.45am
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

ROBIN MILFORD: Sonata in D major

CECIL ARMSTRONG GIBBS: Lyric Sonata in F-sharp minor

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Salut d’Amour

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Chanson de Nuit

SIR EDWARD ELGAR: Chanson de Matin

IVOR GURNEY: Sonata in D major
WORLD PREMIÉRE PERFORMANCE

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

NATHAN WILLIAMSON | piano

£22.50
1.00pm
THE NEW PAVILION
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

EMF LUNCH
Wine and non-alcoholic drinks included

£20.00
2.15pm
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Prayer to the Father of Heaven

SIR ARTHUR BLISS: Put Thou Thy Trust in the Lord

FREDERICK DELIUS: Three Preludes for Piano

CHARLES WOOD: Full Fathom Five

SIR GEORGE MACFARREN: Orpheus, with His Lute

JOHN IRELAND: Spring, the Sweet Spring

SIR GEORGE DYSON: Evening; Nocturne; The Moon

JOHN GARDNER: Fear No More

CHARLES WOOD: Hail, Gladdening Light

SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Three Motets

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Mass in G minor

THE ADDISON SINGERS

DAVID WORDSWORTH | conductor

£22.50
5.45pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

TALK: Ivor Gurney and the Chamber-Work Secrets

PHILIP LANCASTER

£7.50
7.00pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

SIR HUBERT PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Mystical Songs

GUSTAV HOLST: Five Partsongs

GUSTAV HOLST: The Cloud Messenger

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

CHOIR OF KING’S COLLEGE LONDON

JOSEPH FORT | conductor

£27.50
9.30pm
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

SIR NOËL COWARD: There Are Bad Times Just around the Corner

SIR NOËL COWARD: Touring Days

SIR NOËL COWARD: Any Little Fish

SIR NOËL COWARD: We Must All Be Very Kind to Auntie Jessie

SIR NOËL COWARD: Mad Dogs and Englishmen

SIR NOËL COWARD: Poor Little Rich Girl

SIR NOËL COWARD: A Bar on the Piccola Marina

SIR NOËL COWARD: Something Very Strange

SIR NOËL COWARD: Mrs Worthington

SIR NOËL COWARD: You Were There

SIR NOËL COWARD: Mad about the Boy

SIR NOËL COWARD: It’s Only You

SIR NOËL COWARD: Dearest Love

SIR NOËL COWARD: I Wonder What Happened to Him

SIR NOËL COWARD: I’ll Follow My Secret Heart

SIR NOËL COWARD: That Is the End of the News

MICHAEL LAW | voice and piano

£17.50

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

LATEST NEWS

We are delighted to announce the programme for the 2022 May EMF. This year, the Festival is scheduled to return to Oxfordshire, with events held in the glorious surroundings of Dorchester Abbey as well as at the Silk Hall at Radley College and the historic All Saints’ Church at Sutton Courtenay. The full programme, with details of venues, works and artists, is available on this page. Public booking will open on 15 March, with tickets available through our online Box Office and by post.

A very warm “thank you” to all who helped with the Christmas Concerts in Corbridge: to the community at St Andrew’s Church for welcoming us to their beautiful building and for making such a wonderful setting available to us; to the artists, for their superbly uplifting performances; to the volunteers who worked so tirelessly to help ensure the smooth running of the event; and, as always, to our audiences, for their heart-warming support and appreciation.

With the artists’ permission, some of the events at the 2021 May Festival were filmed; and these are now ready for viewing on this website. We are making a modest charge for access — this is to cover the costs of production and also to enable us to pay a royalty to the performers. The film programmes are available on this page; and tickets can be purchased from our online Box Office.

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