The Third Day of Christmas – Vaughan Williams

Welcome to Day Three of our 12 Days of Christmas series in which we are presenting twelve short highlights from the inaugural 2014 Southwell Music Festival.

Our Sunday night concert in the State Chamber (24th August) entitled To Those Who Died commemorated the start of the First World War with music written at the time or inspired by the experience of war. We have chosen ‘From far, from eve and morning’ from Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge – six settings of poems by A.E.Housman.

The singer is tenor Andrew Staples who was also the tenor soloist in Haydn’s The Creation and supplied an atmospheric photographic record of the Festival.

The instrumental ensemble comprised Hannah Dawson and Natalie Klouda (violins), Ruth Nelson (viola), Karel Bredenhorst (cello) and Libby Burgess (piano).  The recording producer is Alex Barnes .

Sunday Times music critic Hugh Canning was present and tweeted that the State Chamber was “perfect for chamber music and song” – an opinion long held locally and now, happily, shared with the world.

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Please join us for the Festival’s London concert on Tuesday 3rd February and find out about the 2015 Festival programme when it is launched at Southwell Minster on Friday 13th March. Details are in the Christmas newsletter (pdf download). The dates for the 2015 Southwell Music Festival are 27-31 August.