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Walking in the Air - Jersey Chamber Orchestra

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St Thomas' Church

Val Plaisant

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Music of youth, tradition and innovation including world premiere of Flute Concerto by Jersey composer Derek Lawrence, & Walking in the Air

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The Jersey Chamber Orchestra performs music of youth, tradition and innovation conducted by celebrated maestro Eamonn Dougan.

The concert includes the world premiere of the Flute Concerto by Jersey composer Derek Lawrence, and performed by Cosimo Dhami-Hounsome, winner of the 2021 Jersey Young Flautists Competition, and Walking in the Air by Jonathan Mews, a music scholar at the world famous St John's Choir, Cambridge. The event is sponsored by UBS and Sigma.


Ralph Vaughan Willams - Fantasia on Greensleeves

Derek Lawrence - Flute concerto (world premiere)

Gustav Holst - St Paul’s Suite - Jig, Ostinato, Intermezzo, & Finale (The Dargason)


Claude Debussy - Three movements from Children’s Corner - The Snow is Dancing, The Little Shepherd & Painted Doll

Maurice Ravel - Pavanne

Edward Elgar - The Serious Doll (from Nursery Suite)

Howard Blake - Walking in the Air (from The Snowman)

Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite - Seventeen Come Sunday, My bonny boy & Songs from Somerset

Doors open at 7.30. Appropriate covid precautions will be kept.

Programme Notes

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, arguably the most important musical figure in English 20th century music. Besides his symphonies, concertos, operas, songs and instrumental works, Vaughan Williams was also keenly involved in collating and publishing folksongs from around the British Isles. He often used these as musical material in his compositions. To celebrate his anniversary, the programme is bookended by two of his best known folk song based works, the Fantasia on Greensleeves and the Folk Song Suite. He was also a revered teacher and the Folk Song Suite which closes the concert is actually an arrangement by one if his pupils, Gordon Jacobs, of the original version for brass band.

With the return of JCO to live performance following the enforced restrictions of the last two years, and the premiere of the flute concerto, it felt appropriate to also give this programme a focus on youth and music written either for young performers or a young audience.

Gustav Holst taught for many years at St Paul’s School for girls. His enduringly popular St Paul’s Suite is one of many works he wrote for the students. The final movement quotes the Greensleeves melody heard in the opening work, showing how the influence of folksong extended into the works of many British composers of the 20th century.

Debussy’s suite for solo piano, Children’s Corner, has long been a popular work for young pianists to tackle. It was orchestrated by Debussy’s friend André Caplet in 1911, augmenting Debussy’s atmospheric musical language with an unmistakably French orchestral colour.

Ravel’s Pavanne pour une infante défunte was also originally a work for solo piano which he orchestrated in 1910. He wrote that it is "an evocation of a pavane that a little princess [Infanta] might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court”.

Elgar’s Nursery Suite was dedicated to Princesses Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Margaret. The solo flute in The Serious Doll provides a pleasing foil to the Vaughan Williams and the concerto in the first half of this programme.

Howard Blake’s The Snowman needs little introduction. However, it is a pleasure to welcome a young Jersey star to perform with the JCO for the first time. Jonathan Mews has been until recently a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge where he sings in the world famous chapel choir.

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Organiser Music in Action (Jersey Charity No 308)

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Music in Action is a Jersey registered charity that provides musical education to the people of Jersey including a focus on provision to disadvantaged children.

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