Vaughan Williams & Sibelius

Saturday 19 March 2022, 7.30pm

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Thank you for a brilliant concert. In case you missed it:
CONCERT PROGRAMME: Programme 19 March 2022

Vaughan Williams Ten Blake Songs selection performed by Alison Rose soprano, Rachael Dunlop oboe, Paula Muldoon violin; Dona Nobis Pacem performed by Alison Rose soprano, Tristan Hambleton bass-baritone, Fran Hills piano, Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus

Sibelius Symphony No 2 performed by Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra

In 1901 Sibelius travelled from his home in Finland to the mountains of northern Italy, where he penned the first notes of his Second Symphony, inspired both by the dramatic landscape and by the story of Don Juan. It is a thrillingly dramatic work that combines the passion and fire of Italy with Sibelius’ uniquely Scandinavian sound.

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and Cambridge Philharmonic is joining national celebrations led by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust under the banner of #RVW150. As one of the great composers of the twentieth century, his extraordinary impact on British music cannot be underestimated.

‘I have seldom heard anything that is more English’. So wrote Sibelius to Ralph Vaughan Williams, who had dedicated his Fifth Symphony to his Finnish idol. The cantata Dona Nobis Pacem, heard here in a version with piano accompaniment, sets text from the mass alongside poems by Walt Whitman and a speech by John Bright. Foreshadowing the outset of WWII, it is an impassioned cry against the futility of war, and one of Vaughan Williams’ crowning choral works.

The Ten Blake Songs were composed for the film The Vision of William Blake; Vaughan Williams never heard them performed, having died just a few months before the film was premiered in October 1958. Performed by soprano, oboe and violin soloists, the songs are a moving swansong to the achievements of a remarkable creative life.

Soprano Alison Rose, Bass-baritone Tristan Hambleton, Oboe Rachael Dunlop, Violin Paula Muldoon, Conductor Harry Sever, Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus

Cambridge Philharmonic is very grateful to Jennifer Day for her generous sponsorship of this concert in celebration of her 50 years as a member of the chorus and in memory of her husband James Day.

Tickets (reserved): from £12. Concessions (students & under-18s): £10

Keeping you safe

COVID remains prevalent in the UK and WRCH has a duty to ensure all those entering the building – including audiences, performers, volunteers, and staff – are kept safe. Whilst domestic government COVID restrictions in England have now been removed, we must all continue to take steps to minimise the transmission of COVID and other respiratory communicable diseases.

West Road is well equipped to mitigate against transmission through use of ventilation and provision of sanitiser throughout the building.

  • We ask all those visiting the building to contribute to our community’s safety by being fully vaccinated where possible and not attending if they feel unwell.
  • Although not currently mandated, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Sanitiser dispensers are located in the foyer and around the building. All visitors are encouraged to use these on arrival and exit.
  • The concert hall auditorium has a mechanical ventilation system providing predominantly fresh air. We recommend wearing an additional layer in cooler weather!
  • The foyer and ancillary spaces have CO2 monitors to indicate air quality and natural ventilation that users can adjust.