The 24 Minster Vespers [photo:  Jim Poyner/NCEM]

The 24

Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

The 24

Robert Hollingworth director

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Per Nørgård    Dream Songs

John Ward      Come, sable night

Richard Shephard      Most Holy Night

Elizabeth Maconchy     Nocturnal

Stacy Garrop     Sonnets of Love and Chaos

Howard Skempton     Two poems of Edward Thomas

Tippett     The Source; The Windhover

Rubbra     Five Motets

No crowd-drawing works, yet we promise you rare riches for a summer’s night!  Danish composer Per Nørgård’s apparently simple Dream Songs are accompanied by Far-Eastern percussion; Tippett’s brilliant encapsulation of Manley Hopkins’ sonnet about a bird of prey is matched by more sonnets in the American Stacy Garrop’s Love and Chaos. Elizabeth Maconchy’s haunting Nocturnal is matched from the period by Rubbra’s settings of 17th-century metaphysical poetry, leaving us unsure why he is not sung more. ‘Lord, what fools we mortals be…’

Concert sponsored by Mrs Colleen Copley, in memory of her husband    Dr Trevor Copley

Tickets: £12; concessions £10; students £3

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