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Winchester & County Music Festival: Elgar – The Spirit of England

Winchester Cathedral, Nave

12th May 2018 7.30 PM - 12th May 2018 Event Type: Festival

“The Spirit of England, Op. 80”, is a work for chorus, orchestra, and soprano/tenor soloist in three movements composed by Edward Elgar between 1915 and 1917, setting text from Laurence Binyon's 1914 anthology of poems The Winnowing Fan. The work acts as a requiem for the dead of World War I and is dedicated "to the memory of our glorious men, with a special thought for the Worcesters".

“The Armed Man”, subtitled "A Mass for Peace", was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements. It was written for SATB chorus with soloists (soprano, baritone and Muezzin) and a symphonic orchestra. Guy Wilson, then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass.

Conductor: David Burgess
Soloists: Helen Bailey (Sop), Adrian Green (Tenor)
Choirs: Botley Choral SocietyItchen Valley Choral SocietyOverton Choral SocietyTwyford Singers
Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Elgar: Spirit of England
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man


Ticket information

£32, £24, £18 and £12 (half price for those in full-time education)
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