Author of Light: London

27 April 2022 7.30pm Kings Place Tickets: £19.50 - 49.50(Booking Fees Apply)

Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by WW1 with constant news of many of his pupils being killed in action, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and that search for a better world but also an escape from the horrors of war. Three short works by the poet and lutenist Campion, coupled with medieval carols which explore patriotic ceremony provide a suitable variety of sound worlds to serve as an introduction for the rich sonority of Parry’s songs.

Performers

The Sixteen
Eamonn Dougan conductor

Programme

mediaeval carol Deo gracias, Anglia
Parry My soul, there is a country from Songs of Farewell
Parry I know my soul hath power to know all things from Songs of Farewell
Parry Never, weather-beaten sail from Songs of Farewell
mediaeval carol Saint Thomas honour we
Parry There is an old belief from Songs of Farewell
Campion Never, weather-beaten sail
Howells Take him, earth for cherishing
Cecilia McDowall NEW COMMISSION
mediaeval carol O blessed Lord
Parry At the round earth’s imagined corners from Songs of Farewell
Campion Author of light
mediaeval carol Benedicite Deo
Campion Tune thy music to thy heart
Parry Lord, let me know mine end from Songs of Farewell