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.


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.