The 24

The 24

Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

Robert Hollingworth director

Ben Morris organ

Hilary Suckling piano

‘New music - other people’s chords’


Elgar     Go, song of mine

Poulenc     Litanies à la Vièrge Noire

Debussy     Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans

Howells     The Scribe

Poulenc     Quatre petites prières de Saint François d'Assise

Lili Boulanger     Sous-bois

Vaughan Williams     Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Poulenc’s self-deprecating phrase about his continuing use of conventional harmony in a time when others were seeking to destabilise tonality stands as easily for a whole strand of composers in the first half of the 20th century.  The emotional pull that tonality can provide is a form of gravity that is hard to escape. This hour-long programme offers Poulenc’s own ‘Litanies for the black virgin’ (of Rocamadour) as well as unfamiliar Boulanger, Elgar, Debussy and some deeply moving Vaughan Williams. 

Tickets: £10; £8 concessions; £3 students

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