|Vaughan Williams||Symphony No. 3, “A Pastoral Symphony”|
|Elgar||Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85|
|Elgar||Cockaigne (in London Town), Op. 40|
St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL
Tickets: £17, £15, £10 (concessions £3 off)
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Our concert this evening brings together Elgar and Vaughan Williams’ compositions that were developed through their personal experiences and reflections of the First World War.
During the summer of 1919, Elgar began working on his cello concerto - its now famous elegiac opening theme representing Elgar's lament for all that this terrible war had cost.
Vaughan Williams volunteered as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps, served in France, survived the Somme and witnessed a daily toll of casualties, many of them close friends. The word “pastoral” disguises his true intentions for this third symphony, which confronts the horrors of the First World War that he experienced firsthand.
We are pleased to welcome back our conductor this evening, Adrian Brown, a pupil of one of Elgar's finest interpreters and conductor of the very first performance of this evening’s symphony, Sir Adrian Boult.