2011 PROGRAMME
Friday 27 May
5.15pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Walton, Lambert and the Sitwells

WILLIAM SITWELL

DIANA SPARKES

6.00pm
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

PARRY: Jerusalem

CAPEL BOND: Trumpet Concerto in D

WARLOCK: The Curlew

LAMBERT: Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments

WALTON: Façade

ORCHESTRA OF ST PAUL’S

BEN PALMER | conductor

DAVID OWEN NORRIS | piano

DAVID WEBB | tenor

WILLIAM SITWELL | reciter

BRIAN KAY | reciter

Saturday 28 May
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

MILFORD: Songs of Escape

FINZI: Seven Part-Songs

RAWSTHORNE: Four Seasonal Songs

WOOD: This Quiet Night

WOOD: The Phynodderee

HOLST: Four Part-Songs

THE SYRED CONSORT

BEN PALMER | conductor

2.30pm
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

BRITTEN: Fanfare for St Edmondsbury

BAX: Fanfare for a Pompous Circumstance

BLISS: Royal Fanfares

BLISS: Farnaby Tower Hill and other Ditties: Suite for Brass

PURCELL: Old One Hundredth

ELGAR: Chanson de Matin

BYRD: Earl of Oxford’s March

ARNOLD: Symphony for Brass

ELGAR: Severn Suite

WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL BRASS DECTET

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
“An infinite variety of things”: Elgar’s Second Symphony – disappointment and triumph

ANDREW NEILL

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

DELIUS: On hearing the first cuckoo

DELIUS: Summer Night on the River

BRITTEN: The Sword in the Stone

BAINTON: An English Idyll

PICKARD: The Burning of the Leaves
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

SULLIVAN: Complete incidental music to Macbeth

ESO

JOHN ANDREWS | conductor

JAMES RUTHERFORD | baritone

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

LULLAY MI CHILDE

From instrumental dances to Middle English lullabyes, Joglaresa presents a programme of music ranging from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Exploring the Middle English lyric, they perform songs such as Maid in the Moor Lay, Lullay Lullow and Worldes blis ne last no throwe with voices, harps, fidel and percussion.

JOGLARESA

 

BELINDA SYKES | voice; bagpipes

RUTH FRASER | voice; harp

JEAN KELLY | harp; fidel

TIM GARSIDE | percussion; voice

Sunday 29 May
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

STANFORD: String Quartet no.3 in D minor

O’NEILL: Piano Quintet

ELGAR: Piano Quintet

BRIDGE QUARTET

MICHAEL DUSSEK | piano

2.30pm
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

YORK BOWEN: Selection from Preludes in all Twenty-Four Major and Minor Keys, op.102

YORK BOWEN: Piano Sonata no.5 in F minor, op.72

DALE: Piano Sonata in D minor

DANNY DRIVER | piano

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Directions in English music of the 1920s: Walton, Bliss, Bridge and others

FABIAN HUSS

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

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Festival Te Deum

HOLST: When first we met

HOLST: Sorrow and joy

HOLST: Love on my heart

GARDNER: Sinfonia Piccola

HOLST: Brook Green Suite

HOLST: Nunc Dimittis

HOLST: Two Psalms

GARDNER: O clap your hands

HOWELLS: English Mass

CITY OF LONDON CHOIR

THE HOLST ORCHESTRA

HILARY DAVAN WETTON | conductor

STEPHEN FARR | organ

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

Jazz improvisations on works by FINZI, DELIUS, WALTON and VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

AVALON TRIO

Monday 30 May
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

HOWELLS: Sonata for Violin and Piano no.2 in E-flat major
WORLD PREMIÈRE OF NEW EDITION BY PAUL SPICER

SAINSBURY: Mirage

CARR: Sonatina
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

GURNEY: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

MATTHEW RICKARD | piano

2.30pm
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH
Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, OX14 4NJ

TALLIS: Haer the voice and prayer

TALLIS: A new commandment

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Take, o take those lips away

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Orpheus with his lute

MACFARREN: When daisies pied

WILBYE: As matchless beauty

BYRD: The eagle’s force

TALLIS: Like as the doleful dove

TALLIS: Verily, verily I say unto you

TALLIS: If ye love me

MUNDY: He that hath my commandments

HATTON: Over hill, over dale

MACFARREN: Orpheus with his lute

WEBBE: Who is Sylvia?

FARMER: Fair Phyllis

STEVENS: Crabbed age and youth

DOWLAND: His golden locks

MACFARREN: Fear no more

CAMPION: Never weather-beaten sail

MUNDY: Now let us laud

OXFORD LIEDERTAFEL

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

PRIVATE CD LAUNCH

ALBION RECORDS

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

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus

DELIUS: Walk to the Paradise Garden

YORK BOWEN: Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

HOLST: Egdon Heath

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Garden of Proserpine
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

JOYFUL COMPANY OF SINGERS

DAVID HILL | conductor

JANE IRWIN | soprano

RAPHAEL WALLFISCH | cello

LATEST NEWS

We are delighted to be returning to the glorious surroundings of St Mary’s Church and the Drill Hall in Horsham for our 2021 Autumn Festival, which will run from Friday 12 November until Sunday 14 November. The full programme is now published and can be viewed at this page; booking will open on 27 September.

Thank you to all who helped to make the Truro Concerts in July such a success — and, in particular, to Patrick and Jean Waller, without whom the day would not have been possible.

With the artists’ permission, some of the concerts at the 2021 May Festival were filmed, as were the talks; and we expect to have these ready for viewing on this website in October. We will be 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. More details will be available soon.

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