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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. Click here for information on season tickets.
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Tuesday 14 June, 7pm

St Bartholomew the Great

Festival Evensong in the City

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

Evensong in the City Choir

Sam Bardsley, director

Simon Hogan, organ

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Thursday 16 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Piano Recital: Brigg Fair, Peter Grimes and Firebird

Outstanding pianist Thomas Kelly performs a ravishing programme including transcriptions of orchestral pieces by Delius, Britten and Stravinsky.

Thomas Kelly, piano

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Saturday 18 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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 Elgar's Introduction and Allegro.

The Academy of St Mary-le-Bow

Charlotte Cox, bassoon

Alex Fryer, conductor

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Wednesday 22 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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: Ireland and Mendelssohn.

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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Friday 24 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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. 

Emma Johnson, Clarinet

English Chamber Orchestra

Stephanie Gonley, leader/director

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Wednesday 15 June, 1pm

St Stephen Walbrook

In Gloucestershire

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

Brother Tree Sound, String Quartet

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Friday 17 June, 1pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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: Briget and Saint-Saëns.

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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Monday 20 June, 1pm

St Bartholomew the Great

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 Beethoven.

Musicians from The Yehudi Menuhin School

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Wednesday 22 June, 7pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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. 

Mark Bebbington, piano

Players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 

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Wednesday 15 June, 7pm

St Stephen Walbrook

Brilliant Brass

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

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet

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Friday 17 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

Essentially English
 

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

Michael Dore, vocalist

Jacqueline Barron, vocalist
John G Smith, piano/md

Eleanor Grant, bass/vocals

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Tuesday 21 June, 7:30pm

St Giles-without-Cripplegate

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.

City of London Choir

Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor    Richard Gowers, organ

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Thursday 23 June, 7pm

St Bartholomew the Great

English Song
 

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

Marta Fontanals-Simmons, mezzo-soprano

Lana Bode, piano