2016 PROGRAMME

 

This year the Festival starts a day early.

On Thursday 26th May and Friday 27th May there will be a range of talks and concerts at Radley College celebrating the life and work of George Butterworth (1885–1916). On Thursday evening there will be a concert organised by the EMF.

The Friday morning programme at Radley will comprise a variety of performances and talks to run concurrently in different venues: the music to include the Shropshire Lad and Bredon Hill songs, Love blows as the wind blows and the Suite for String Quartet, as well as English folk songs and WWI songs. There will also be a talk on the Whistler memorial window; morris dancing, both live and on a 1912 film; organ music with readings; and displays.

Please see the Radley College website for up-to-date information.

Holders of a Full Festival Pass will be able to gain admittance to all of the School events by showing their Pass. Admittance to the Thursday evening (EMF) concert is also included in the Full Festival Pass.

 

THURSDAY 26 MAY
8.30pm
Silk Hall
Radley College
Two English Idylls
Rhapsody: A Shropshire Lad
Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orchestrated Russman)
Love blows as the wind blows
The Banks of Green Willow
Fantasia for Orchestra (unfinished)
Butterworth Centenary Ensemble
John Lubbock, Stephen Clarke (conductors)
Johnny Herford (baritone)
Hannah Nye (soprano)
£ 20.00
 
FRIDAY 27 MAY
4.45pm
Dorchester Village Hall
PRE-CONCERT TALK: Aims, origins and successes of the EMF Em Marshall-Luck £4.00
7.30pm
Dorchester Abbey
PARRY: Jerusalem
LEWIS: An Optimistic Overture
        WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE
MATTHEWS: Norfolk March
        WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Petite Suite de Concert
DELIUS: Three Small Tone-poems: Summer Evening; Winter Night (Sleigh Ride); Spring Morning
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fat Knight
        WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE
BBC Concert Orchestra
Martin Yates (conductor)
£25.00
 
SATURDAY 28 MAY
10.45am
Dorchester Abbey
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 £20.00
2.15pm
All Saints' Church
Sutton Courtenay
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: Passacaglia: Death of Falstaff
QUILTER: Take, O take those lips away
CHILCOT: Pardon, goddess of the night
DRING: Come away, death
TRAD (C17): 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)
£20.00
5pm
Dorchester Village Hall
PRE-CONCERT TALK: The bicentenary of William Sterndale Bennett. A beacon of hope for English music? Barry Sterndale Bennett £4.00
5.45pm
The George
PRE-CONCERT BUFFET
Drinks included.
£15.00
7pm
Dorchester Abbey
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)
£25.00
9.30pm
Dorchester Abbey
A concert of English rustic country dance music, traditional and composed. Old Swan Band £12.50
 
SUNDAY 29 MAY
10.45am
Silk Hall
Radley College
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
David Owen Norris (piano)
Richard Edgar-Wilson (tenor)
£20.00
1.00pm
New Pavilion
Radley College
EMF LUNCH
Drinks included.
£12.50
2.15pm
Silk Hall
Radley College
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)
£20.00
5pm
Dorchester Village Hall
PRE-CONCERT TALK: Brighter visions: The life and music of Ivor Gurney Ian Venables £4.00
5.45pm
The George
PRE-CONCERT BUFFET
Drinks included.
£15.00
7pm
Dorchester Abbey
RAWSTHORNE: Light Music for Strings
ELGAR: Elegy
STERNDALE BENNETT: Two Part-songs: Come live with me and be my love; Sweet Stream
HAVERGAL BRIAN: Two Part-songs: Blow, blow thou winter wind; Shall I compare thee to a summer's day
HOWELLS: A Spotless Rose
JOHN DANKWORTH: Two Part-songs: Sleep On; Jenny kissed me
LENNOX BERKELEY: Serenade for Strings
BLISS: Pastoral
City of London Choir
The Holst Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)
Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo-soprano)
Emma Halnan (flute)
£25.00
9.30pm
Dorchester Abbey
BRITISH POPULAR SONGS FROM STAGE, SCREEN AND WIRELESS

Leaning on a lamp post
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 £12.50
 
MONDAY 30 MAY
10.45am
Dorchester Abbey
HOWELLS: King David
QUILTER: Three Shakespeare Songs Op. 6
ELGAR: Sea Pictures
FINZI: Let us Garlands Bring Op. 18
WARLOCK: An Old Song
WARLOCK: Consider
BRIDGE: Coleridge Settings: Thy Hand in Mine; Where She Lies Asleep; Love went a riding
Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
James Baillieu (piano)
£20.00
2.15pm
Dorchester Abbey
HOLST: Suite no.1 in E flat
HOROVITZ: Euphonium Concerto
HOWELLS: Pageantry
ARNOLD: The Padstow Lifeboat
ELGAR: A Severn Suite
ALWYN: The Moor of Venice
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes
Jaguar Land Rover Band
Dave Lea (conductor)
£20.00
5pm
Dorchester Village Hall
PRE-CONCERT TALK: William Hurlstone - our missing heritage John Humphries £4.00
5.45pm
The George
PRE-CONCERT BUFFET
Drinks included.
£15.00
7pm
Dorchester Abbey
MOERAN: Sinfonietta
PAUL 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)
£25.00
 
 
The EMF reserves the right to change the programme details in any way without prior notice.

 

As usual, we will be offering a range of Festival passes.
Full passes, which cover Thursday to Monday, can either include (£255) or exclude (£200) all meals.
There will be Day passes for Saturday (£67.50), Sunday (£80) and Monday (£55); each excludes the pre-concert buffet but the Sunday pass does include the Festival Lunch.