2012 PROGRAMME
Friday 1 JUNE
5.15pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Promises from a Postcard: a symphony for Kerry

BARRY MARSH

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

CURTIS: Festival Overture

IRELAND: Legend for Piano and Orchestra

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

MOERAN / YATES: Symphony no.2
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

MARTIN YATES | conductor

MARK BEBBINGTON | piano

Saturday 2 June
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

PICKARD: Insomnia for Violin and Piano

SACHEVERELL COKE: Sonata no.1 in D minor for Violin and Piano
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

SAINSBURY: Soliloquy for solo violin

CARR: Now Comes Beauty
WORLD PREMIÈRE OF VIOLIN-AND-PIANO VERSION

ELGAR: Sonata for Violin and Piano, op.82

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

MATTHEW RICKARD | piano

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

FINZI: Songs to poems by Christina Rossetti, op.1

CARR: Holding the Stars

GARDNER: Seven Songs, op.36

IRELAND: Eight Songs for Upper Voices

CARR: Now Comes Beauty

BOUGHTON: Sir Galahad, op.1

SYRED CONSORT

BEN PALMER | conductor

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
“What’s going to happen at the end of Act I?”: Piper and Britten at work

SUE PARKER

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

GARLANDS FOR THE TWO ELIZABETHS

ANON.: Allegra, Anglia!

MORLEY: Hard by a crystal fountain

BERKELEY: Spring at this hour

BENNET: All creatures now are merry minded

BENNET: Weep, O mine eyes

TIPPETT: Dance, clarion air

GIBBONS: Dainty fine bird

HOWELLS: Inheritance

EAST: Hence, stars, too dim of light

RUBBRA: Salutation

BRITTEN: Choral Dances from Gloriana

BRITTEN: Hymn to St Cecilia

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Silence and Music

WEELKES: As Vesta was from Latmos Hill descending

BLISS: Aubade for Coronation Morning

MORLEY: Leave, alas this tormenting

FINZI: White-flowering days

BRITTEN: Five Flower Songs

JOYFUL COMPANY OF SINGERS

PETER BROADBENT | director

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

HARDY PERENNIALS

Favourite music, songs, stories and poems from the works of Thomas Hardy and the Dorset tradition

 

Dives and Lazarus

The Persian Dance and The Waterloo Dance

The Musical Lovers; The Soldier’s Joy; The Fairy Dance; and The girl I left behind me

The seeds of love

Winterbourne Tune (WILLIAM KNAPP: New Church Melody, 1751)

This day the stag must die; Fred Williams’ Irish Jig; Money Musk; and Billy Boy

The Foggy Dew

Otford (MICHAEL BEESLY: A Collection of 20 New Psalm Tunes, 1746)

Derby; The Knifegrinder; and Ware out Mother

How happy’s the man

Enrico and Dribbles of Brandy

THE MELLSTOCK BAND

 

DAVE TOWNSEND | director; concertina; violin; voice

PETE COOPER | violin; voice

PHILIP HUMPHRIES | serpent; voice

CHARLES SPICER | oboes; voice

Sunday 3 June
11.00am
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

PEEL: Reveille

BRITTEN: Morning (This way to the tomb: II)

IRELAND: Summer Schemes (from Three Songs to Poems by Hardy)

PEEL: In summertime on Bredon

BRITTEN: Evening (This way to the tomb: I)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Twilight People

GURNEY: Kathleen ni Houlihan

BRITTEN: Night (This way to the tomb: III)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Procris (from Four Last Songs)

IRELAND: Dear, think now that I will forget you (from Three Songs to Poems by Hardy)

FINZI: To a Poet

IRELAND: If there were dreams to sell

GURNEY: The Ghost

FINZI: In the mind’s eye (from Before and after summer)

FINZI: The Clock of the Years

GURNEY: The Lake Isle of Innisfree
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

PEEL: Old King Caraway

RODNEY BENNETT: Song of the Mad Prince (from Dream Songs)

GURNEY: Thou didst delight my eyes

HOWELLS: Peacock Pie

PHILIP LANCASTER | baritone

ANDREW PLANT | piano

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

YORK BOWEN: Suite no.1

RAWSTHORNE: The Creel

HOLST: The Planets

YORK 2

 

JOHN YORK and FIONA YORK | four hands; one piano

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
John Ireland: the forgotten quite?

BRUCE PHILLIPS

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

PURCELL: King Arthur (instrumental music)

BRITTEN: The Sword in the Stone

ELGAR: Arthur (complete incidental music)
WORLD PREMIÈRE CONCERT PERFORMANCE

ORCHESTRA OF ST PAUL’S

BEN PALMER | conductor

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

SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT

SMITH: You spotted snakes

HAYDN: The Mermaid’s Song

STANFORD: The Fairy Lough

LARCHET: A stoirin ban (Sleep Song)

arr. PERRETT: A Garten Mother’s Lullaby

HEAD: The Fairies’ Dance

HEAD: The Singer

HEAD: The Fairy Tailor

STANFORD: La Belle Dame sans Merci

GIBBS: In the Faery Hills

QUILTER: Fairy Lullaby

BOUGHTON: Faery Song

arr. CALTHORPE: A Leprechaun

arr. KENNEDY-FRASER: A Fairy’s Love Song

arr. KENNEDY-FRASER: The lure of the fairy hill

BREWER: The Fairy Pipers

GIBBS: You spotted snakes

SPROSS: Will o’ the Wisp

CHARLOTTE DE ROTHSCHILD | soprano

DANIELLE PERRETT | harp

Monday 4 June
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

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

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lake in the Mountains

GURNEY: Five Preludes

GURNEY arr. BANFIELD: Chorale Prelude on Rockingham

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS arr. VALLY LASKER: Job: A Masque for Dancing

IAIN BURNSIDE | piano

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

AVISON: Concerto in A, op.9 no.11

FARNABY arr. BANTOCK: Seven Pieces

BOUGHTON: Three Folk Dances

BRITTEN: Simple Symphony

DARKE: Fantasy in E minor

JENKINS: Pastorale and Allegro

PURCELL: Fairy Queen Suite

BOYCE: Symphony no.1

IRELAND: Concertino Pastorale

FISHER: Widecombe Fair: variations in the style of Paganini

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE OF LONDON

PETER FISHER | violin

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Delius: an Englishman abroad

ROGER BUCKLEY

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

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Overture: Henry V

FLETCHER: Labour and Love

ARNOLD: Little Suite no.2

BLISS: Kenilworth

IRELAND: A Downland Suite

ALWYN: The Moor of Venice

BANTOCK: Prometheus Unbound

BUTTERWORTH: A Dales Suite, op.24

HOWELLS: Pageantry

JAGUAR LAND ROVER BAND

DAVE LEA | conductor

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

BYRD: Haec Dies

WEELKES: Gloria in excelsis Deo

STANFORD: Beati quorum via

Trad. arr. GRAINGER: Brigg Fair

Trad. arr. LANGFORD: Bobby Shaftoe

Trad. arr. KNIGHT: Londonderry Air

Trad. arr. LAWSON: Swing Low

LENNON and McCARTNEY arr. RUNSWICK: Blackbird

BERLIN arr. PICKARD: Cheek to Cheek

SHERWIN and MASCHWITZ: A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

KERN and FIELDS arr. WATERS: The way you look tonight

RUTTER: Come live with me

RUTTER: It was a lover and his lass

THE SONGMEN

Tuesday 5 June
11.00am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

BRIDGE: Cello Sonata

VENABLES: Elegy

IRELAND: Cello Sonata

DELIUS: Cello Sonata

WALTON: Passacaglia for Solo Cello

BRITTEN: Cello Sonata

RICHARD JENKINSON | cello

BENJAMIN FRITH | piano

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

KIPLING SETTINGS

GERMAN: The big steamers

HUNT: We don’t want to fight

McGLENNON: Sons of the Sea

DAWSON: Boots

STUART: Soldiers of the Queen

GERMAN: Rolling down to Rio

SULLIVAN: The absent-minded beggar

SPEAKES: The road to Mandalay

DE KOVEN: Recessional

IRELAND: The Soldier

GERMAN: Has anyone seen my boy Jack?

ELGAR: The fringes of the Fleet

NOVELLO: Keep the home fires burning

COWARD: Mad dogs and Englishmen

TOM HIGGINS | director; piano

ELIZABETH TRAILL | soprano

ALEXANDER KNOX | baritone

RICHARD FAWKES | narrator

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
“Too much of this political business”: Elgar, India and Empire

ANDREW NEILL

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

WARLOCK: Capriol Suite

ALWYN: Autumn Legend

DELIUS: Seven Danish Songs

DELIUS: Irmelin; Song before Sunrise

DELIUS: A Late Lark

PARRY: Symphony no.3

ESO

JOHN ANDREWS | conductor

ELENA XANTHOUDAKIS | soprano

LATEST NEWS

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!