Voices of Freedom

This sequence of choral music, poetry and prose featuring the highly accomplished Festival Voices in the stillness of the darkened Minster has become an emotional high point of the Festival.

Francis Poulenc was one of the 20th century’s outstanding choral composers and his cantata for double choir, around which this programme is built, is a choral tour de force and a hymn to Liberté victorious over tyranny.

The programme presents the response of composers, poets and writers to tyranny and oppression in widely differing circumstances – from Byrd and Tallis as catholics in Elizabeth I’s protestant England, and Tormis and Pärt in Estonia under Soviet rule, to Poulenc himself in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

William Byrd Vigilate
Arvo Pärt Solfeggio
Thomas Tallis Miserere Nostri
Veljo Tormis Spring Song
Francis Poulenc Figure Humaine FP 120

Southwell Festival Voices
Victoria Newlyn actress
Marcus Farnsworth conductor

Tickets £15
18 years and under £5

In memory of Derek Chetwin