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A powerful programme of English choral music centred around Parry's emotional Songs of Farewell.
Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war.
The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complimenting the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.
Part of the series
ParrySongs of Farewell
Medieval CarolDeo gracias, Anglia
Medieval CarolSaint Thomas honour we
Medieval CarolO blessed Lord
Medieval CarolBenedicite Deo
Cecilia McDowallAn Unexpected Shore
CampionNever, weather-beaten sail
CampionAuthor of light
CampionTune thy music to thy heart
HowellsTake him, earth for cherishing