Edward Elgar's Spirit of England
Saturday 21st April 2018 7.30pm
This concert will commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. Spirit of England was written by Elgar between 1915 and 1917. It sets the poems of Laurence Binyon's 1914 anthology The Winnowing Fan to music. The work is dedicated to the memory of "our glorious men".
The first poem used by Elgar is The Fourth of August, which marks the date of the declaration of war on Germany. The second is To Women which recognises the significant contribution that women made during WW1. The final movement is For the Fallen. This poem includes the poignant lines:
"They shall not grow old, as we are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
The concert also includes a host of patriotic songs, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem.
Saturday 24th November 2018 7.30pm Karl Jenkin's requiem for peace The Armed Man
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