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Programme 2022 - English Rhapsody 

Our 2022 festival marks the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams and the Platinum Jubilee
of HM Queen Elizabeth II performed in the historic churches of London's Square Mile.
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Festival Evensong in the City

The festival opens with evensong at St Bartholomew the Great celebrating the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams.

Tuesday 14 June, 7pm

St Bartholomew the Great

Evensong in the City Choir
Sam Bardsley, director​

Simon Hogan, organ

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In Gloucestershire

Brother Tree Sound String Quartet perform works by Howells and Imogen Holst in the stunning surroundings of St Stephen Walbrook.

Wednesday 15 June, 1pm

St Stephen Walbrook

Brother Tree Sound, String Quartet

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Brilliant Brass

Principal brass players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform an eclectic English programme featuring music by Purcell and Elgar.

Wednesday 15 June, 7pm

St Stephen Walbrook

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet

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Piano Recital: Bach, Chopin, Shaw

Please note change from the advertised programme. 

 

Outstanding pianist George Fu performs a ravishing programme including Bach, Chopin, and Caroline Shaw.

Thursday 16 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

George Fu, piano

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Stars of the Yehudi Menuhin School Showcase

The first in a series of three lunchtime recitals showcasing some of the world’s finest young talents, exploring repertoire from these shores and beyond. Concert 1: Bridge and Saint-Saëns.

Friday 17 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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Essentially English

An evening of fabulous songs embracing Shakespeare sonnets, the English folk idiom and iconic songs by Leslie Bricusse, John Barry, Tony Hatch, and Lennon & McCartney.

Friday 17 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Michael Dore, vocalist

Jacqueline Barron, vocalist
John G Smith, piano/md

Eleanor Grant, bass/vocals

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RVW150: Symphony No. 5

The Academy of St Mary-le-Bow perform a programme of English music, including Vaughan Williams's glorious Symphony No. 5 and Finzi's A Severn Rhapsody.

Saturday 18 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

The Academy of St Mary-le-Bow

Charlotte Cox, bassoon

Alex Fryer, conductor

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Stars of the Yehudi Menuhin School Showcase

 

The second in a series of three lunchtime recitals showcasing some of world’s finest young talents, exploring repertoire from these shores and beyond. Concert 2: Vaughan Williams and Ireland.

Monday 20 June, 1pm

St Bartholomew the Great

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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RVW150: G Minor Mass and Music for the Queen

 

Hilary Davan Wetton conducts a spectacular programme of choral music including Handel, Vaughan Williams, and Parry with the City of London Choir.

Tuesday 21 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

City of London Choir

Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor

Richard Gowers, organ

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Stars of the Yehudi Menuhin School Showcase

The third in a series of three lunchtime recitals showcasing some of world’s finest young talents, exploring repertoire from these shores and beyond. Concert 3: Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

Wednesday 22 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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RVW150: The Lark Ascending and Piano Quintet

Principal players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra join pianist Mark Bebbington for a programme of music by Ireland, Finzi and Vaughan Williams. 

Wednesday 22 June, 7pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

 


Mark Bebbington, piano

Players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

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English Song

Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode perform beautiful English songs by composers from Vaughan Williams to Madeline Dring

Thursday 23 June, 7pm

St Bartholomew the Great

 


Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano

Lana Bode, piano

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Festival Finale

The English Chamber Orchestra performs an enchanting programme of English music for strings, including Vaughan Williams’s celebrated Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Finzi's Clarinet Concerto with Emma Johnson as soloist. 

Friday 24 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate


Emma Johnson, Clarinet

English Chamber Orchestra

Stephanie Gonley, leader/director