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Festival Gala Concert: Elgar Cello Concerto 100th Anniversary Performance

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Worcester Cathedral

8 College Yard

Worcester

WR1 2LA

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The highpoint of the 2019 Elgar Festival promises to be our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Elgar Cello Concerto

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English Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Woods – Conductor

Raphael Wallfisch – Cello

With special guests

Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, Stephen Shellard – director

Programme

Edward Elgar arr. Donald Fraser – Sea Pictures (version for string orchestra and chorus

-Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir

Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto

– Raphael Wallfisch – cello

Interval

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony no. 5

Elgar’s Cello Concerto, his last large-scale completed work, was not a success at its premiere in 1919, but in the century since it was written, it has become one of the most admired and beloved pieces in all classical music. Thanks to the advocacy of legendary cellists from Beatrice Harrison and Jaqueline Du Pré to Sheku Kanneh Mason and tonight’s soloist, Raphael Wallfisch, it has won the hearts of countless millions of listeners worldwide. Our celebration of the centenary of this iconic work promises to be the highlight of the 2019 Elgar Festival.

The programme opens with a performance of Donald Fraser’s acclaimed choral arrangement of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the English String Orchestra and the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir. Fraser’s arrangement was given a triumphant premiere at the 2015 English Symphony Orchestra Elgar Pilgrimage and recently had it’s debut at the Three Choirs Festival. It’s premiere CD recording on Avie Records was a Classic FM Disc of the Month.

The concert concludes with one of the most beautiful of British symphonies, Vaughan Williams' Fifth Symphony. Like Elgar’s Cello Concerto, this symphony is a wartime work of deep contemplation and subtle beauty.

TICKETS £25, £20, £15 and £10. Booking charges may apply

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