2019 PROGRAMME
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

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

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

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

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

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

TALK
Not just another performance of the Elgar Sonata

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK

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

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

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

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

EMF LUNCH
Wine and non-alcoholic drinks included

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

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

TALK
Gustav Holst: The Final Years

CHRIS COPE

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

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

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

NEW FOXTROT SERENADERS

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

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

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

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

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!