A Sea Symphony: Winchester Festival

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Saturday 6th July 2019, 7.30pm
Venue: Winchester Cathedral

Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Richard Cooke

Soprano Elin Pritchard
Bass Edward Grint

Parry: I Was Glad
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony


The Royal Choral Society and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform Vaughan Williams' choral masterpiece in a concert that's sure to be a highlight of the 2019 Winchester Festival.

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The Royal Choral Society and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Winchester Cathedral to perform some of the greatest music of the twentieth century. In the opening of A Sea Symphony, Vaughan Williams, guided by Walt Whitman’s evocative poetry, hurls us into a world which magnificently reflects the power and drama of the ocean: ‘Behold the Sea itself, and on its limitless heaving breast, the ships’. The final movement ends as if disappearing over the horizon like a great ship: ‘O farther sail’. The programme will include Elgar’s evergreen and much-loved Enigma Variations, his colourful portrayal of some of his close friends and the concert will begin with the full-scale orchestral version of Parry’s coronation anthem I Was Glad.