2016 PROGRAMME
Thursday 26 May
8.30pm
SILK HALL
Radley College, Oxfordshire, OX14 2HR

GEORGE BUTTERWORTH CELEBRATION CONCERT

BUTTERWORTH: Two English Idylls

BUTTERWORTH: Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad

BUTTERWORTH: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orch. Russman)

BUTTERWORTH: Love blows as the wind blows

BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Green Willow

BUTTERWORTH: Fantasia for Orchestra (unfinished)

BUTTERWORTH CENTENARY ENSEMBLE

JOHN LUBBOCK | conductor

STEPHEN CLARKE | conductor

HANNAH NYE | soprano

JOHNNY HERFORD | baritone

Friday 27 May
4.45pm
DORCHESTER VILLAGE HALL
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HR

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Aims, origins and successes of the EMF

EM MARSHALL-LUCK

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

PARRY: Jerusalem

LEWIS: An Optimistic Overture
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

MATTHEWS: Norfolk March
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

DELIUS: Three Small Tone-Poems
Summer Evening; Winter Night (Sleigh Ride); Spring Morning

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Petite Suite de Concert

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fat Knight
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

MARTIN YATES | conductor

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

MUSIC OF THE REALM

BYRD: O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth our Queen

TALLIS: O sacrum convivium

TOMKINS: When David heard

WEELKES: O Jonathan

MORLEY: O amica mea

GIBBONS: Lift up your heads

DRAYTON: Canzonetta

MORLEY: Hard by a crystal fountain

BYRD: Ye sacred muses

TOMKINS: See, see the shepherd’s queen

WEELKES: Like two proud armies

GIBBONS: The silver swan

Trad. arr. GRAINGER: Brigg Fair

Trad. arr. ROBERTS: Scarborough Fair

Trad. arr. LANGFORD: The Oak and the Ash

QUEEN’S SIX

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

SHAKESPEARE IN SONG

WARLOCK: Pretty Ring Time

MORLEY: It was a lover and his lass

HUMFREY: Where the bee sucks

WILSON: Lawn as white as driven snow

GURNEY: Under the Greenwood Tree

ARNE: When daisies pied

SULLIVAN: Sigh no more, ladies

SHEARING: Fie on sinful fantasy

WALTON: Passcaglia: The death of Falstaff

QULITER: Take, o take those lips away

CHILCOT: Pardon, Goddess of the night

DRING: Come away, Death

Trad.: The Willow Song

PARRY: Fear no more the heat o’ the sun

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Orpheus with his lute

HARRIS: Storm Scene

STOKER: Come unto these yellow sands

IN VOICE AND VERSE

 

BELINDA YATES | soprano

HEATHER CHAMBERLAIN | keyboard

LANCE PIERSON | actor

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
William Sterndale Bennett: A beacon of hope for English music?

BARRY STERNDALE BENNETT

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

GILLINGWATER: Overture: Ad Fontem
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

ELGAR: Salut d’Amour

SHERWOOD: Concerto for Violin and Cello
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending

ELGAR: Serenade for Strings

PARRY: Lady Radnor Suite

ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

JOHN ANDREWS | conductor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

JOSEPH SPOONER | cello

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

A concert of English rustic country dance music, traditional and composed

OLD SWAN BAND

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

PURCELL (arr. TIPPETT): If music be the food of love

ARNE: On a day, alack the day

ADDISON: O mistress mine

PARRY: O mistress mine

GERMAN: Orpheus with his lute

GURNEY: Come away, Death (unpublished)

QUILTER: Come away, Death

STANFORD: The rain it raineth every day

COATES: Sigh no more, ladies

BALFOUR GARDINER: Winter

IRELAND: When daffodils begin to peer

TIPPETT: Songs for Ariel
Come unto these yellow sands; Full fathom five; Where the bee sucks

BRITTEN: Fancie

DRING: Crabbed age and youth

RICHARD EDGAR-WILSON | tenor

DAVID OWEN NORRIS | piano

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

EMF LUNCH
Wine and non-alcoholic drink included

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

VENABLES: In Memoriam IBG

GURNEY: Sonata for Cello and Piano

VENABLES: At Malvern

VENABLES: It Rains

DELIUS: Caprice and Elegy

JOHN FRITH: Eden

ALWYN: Mountain Scenes

HURLSTONE: Sonata for Cello and Piano

RICHARD JENKINSON | cello

BENJAMIN FRITH | piano

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
Brighter visions: The life and music of Ivor Gurney

IAN VENABLES

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

RAWSTHORNE: Light Music for Strings

ELGAR: Elegy

STERNDALE BENNETT: Two Part-Songs
Come live with me and be my love; Sweet stream

BRIAN: Two Part-Songs
Blow, blow, thou winter wind; Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

HOWELLS: A Spotless Rose

DANKWORTH: Two Part-Songs
Sleep on; Jenny kissed me

LENNOX BERKELEY: Serenade for Strings

BLISS: Pastoral

CITY OF LONDON CHOIR

THE HOLST ORCHESTRA

HILARY DAVON WETTON | conductor

MARTA FONTANALS-SIMMONS | mezzo-soprano

EMMA HALNAN | flute

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

BRITISH POPULAR SONGS FROM STAGE, SCREEN AND WIRELESS

Leaning on a lamppost; On the crest of a wave; Mad dogs and Englishmen; Smile; Ali Baba’s camel; The very thought of you; Hindustan; Roll on tomorrow; Poor little rich girl; Lady of Spain; The sunshine of your smile; I’d do anything; Startime; It’s never too late to fall in love

NEW FOXTROT SERENADERS

Monday 30 May
10.45am
DORCHESTER ABBEY
Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

HOWELLS: King David

QUILTER: Three Shakespeare Songs, op.6

ELGAR: Sea Pictures

FINZI: Let us garlands bring

WARLOCK: An Old Song

WARLOCK: Let us consider

BRIDGE: Coleridge settings
Thy hand in mine; Where she lies asleep; Love went a-riding

KATHRYN RUDGE | mezzo-soprano

JAMES BAILLIEU | piano

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

HOLST: Suite no.1 in E-flat

HOROVITZ: Euphonium Concerto

HOWELLS: Pageantry

ARNOLD: The Padstow Lifeboat

ELGAR: Severn Suite

ALWYN: The Moor of Venice

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Prelude on three Welsh hymn-tunes

JAGUAR LAND ROVER BAND

DAVE LEA | conductor

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

PRE-CONCERT TALK
William Hurlstone: our missing heritage

JOHN HUMPHRIES

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

MOERAN: Sinfonietta

CARR: Violin Concerto
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

HOLST: A Song of the Night

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Wasps: Aristophanic Suite

BATH PHILHARMONIA

JASON THORNTON | conductor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

LATEST NEWS

We invite you to celebrate A White Christmas with EMF regulars The New Foxtrot Serenaders on 14 December at St Lawrence’s Church, Chobham. Full details of this event may be found on this page; and tickets can be purchased through our Events Box Office.

We are tremendously excited to be bringing the EMF to South Africa in a long weekend of events based in and around St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown, in Johannesburg. This wonderful city offers many excellent venues and performers, as well as a great interest in music. The forthcoming Festival – which will see British artists collaborating with local Johannesburg musicians – will, we believe, be rewarding and culturally enriching both for the EMF and for music-lovers in the area. The Festival will take place between 14 and 16 February 2020.

The programme for the South African EMF is now published on this page. Booking – through our online Box Office – will open on 11 December.

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!