Elgar: The Music Makers
Brian Inglis: Highbury Fields (libretto by Charles Hart)
– commissioned by Islington Choral Society, first performance
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Sunday 30 June 2013
at Cadogan Hall. Please note the concert start time – 6.30 pm.
The main work in this programme is Elgar’s The Music Makers, his highly personal response to the poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. Elgar saw music as having a very special place in society, inspiring the individual and embodying the spirit of the age. Weaving many themes from his greatest works with original material Elgar gives us one of his most magnificent scores.
To celebrate this special occasion the society has commissioned London composer Brian Inglis to compose a work evoking the area in which it rehearses, Highbury Fields, to a specially-written text by lyricist Charles Hart (whose writing credits include texts for ‘Story of Music’ presenter Howard Goodall and, notably, lyrics for Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom of the Opera). With echoes of both Carmina Burana and The Waste Land, the new piece paints a picture of a dazzling summer Sunday, vividly depicting a variety of park characters from pumped-up joggers to worn-out mothers; from call-girls and nurses to playful dogs and boys. With moods ranging from natural tranquility to romantic passion, Highbury Fields is a new choral showpiece for the 21st century.
Also included is Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens, a setting of Milton’s At a Solemn Musick in which the importance of voice and verse are illustrated in the work that first brought the composer to public attention in 1887. The choir’s regular partners, Camden Chamber Orchestra, will open the concert with the prelude to Wagner’s The Mastersingers, another piece dealing with the importance of music in the communal life of a town.
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(For choir members, please note that the originally planned rehearsal on Saturday 29 June will NOT now take place; the final rehearsal will be on Tuesday 25 June.)