Autumn Concert : Elgar Music Makers, Stanford – with Sarah Connolly

14th of November, 2015

Autumn Concert : Elgar Music Makers, Stanford – with Sarah Connolly

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Autumn Concert : Elgar Music Makers, Stanford – with Sarah Connolly

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Elgar              The Music Makers

Stanford        Shamus O’Brien Overture / The Revenge / Justorum Animae 

Worcester Festival Choral Society  .  Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) .  Meridian Sinfonia   .  Peter Nardone (conductor)

An outstanding classical concert programme in the majestic surroundings of Worcester Cathedral, supported by one of the foremost British mezzo-sopranos – the internationally acclaimed, award-winning Sarah Connolly CBE.

“We are the music makers, / And we are the dreamers of dreams.”  So run the evocative first lines of Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s 1874 poem about artistic creativity, Ode, which Worcestershire-born composer Edward Elgar used for his stirring 1912 choral work: The Music Makers.  Elgar lovers will also spot several musical self-references to his other works within The Music Makers, including the much-loved Enigma theme.

Complementing this English classic is a trio of late Victorian works from Irish composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford – his romantic comic opera Shamus O’Brien, the moving, unaccompanied motet Justorum Animae, and a stirring musical retelling of Tennyson’s poem The Revenge, depicting Sir Richard Grenville's heroic 1591 sea battle against the Spanish fleet

About our soloist Sarah Connolly
Sarah Connolly CBE, who sings with Worcester Festival Choral Society in this performance, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music.  She has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award, a TMA Award, two Grammy Awards and won an Edison, Gramophone and South Bank Awards. On the operatic stage, highlights include The Composer at The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Dido at La Scala and Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne. Her concert and recital programmes have also taken her around the world including the Carnegie Hall, Dresden Staatskapelle and The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Sarah Connolly was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and daughter.

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7:30pm Worcester Cathedral

Previous Concerts

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