this england - cranleigh choral society

Saturday 23rd June 2012 at 7.30pm
St Nicholas Church, Cranleigh
Conductor: Marcus Pashley

“This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle…this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.” (William Shakespeare: Richard II, Act 2)

Cranleigh Choral Society’s summer concert programme reflects upon many different aspects of ‘Englishness’ in our national musical heritage.

The Jubilee Celebrations have focused much attention on pomp and grandeur and this is reflected in Walton’s famous march Crown Imperial, in Parry’s settings of I was glad, written in 1902 for the coronation of Edward VII and used at the coronation of every subsequent monarch. The same composer’s sumptuous anthem Blest Pair of Sirens was more recently performed at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. However, there are other aspects of our nation’s music which reflect the beauty of our island land and seascapes, as in the exquisite Sea Pictures of Edward Elgar and in simple Romantic Partsong settings.

Benjamin Britten is hailed by many as England’s greatest composer since Purcell and his work is represented by the miniature masterpiece Rejoice in the Lamb. We are joined by the superb mezzo-soprano Rachel Lindop and the international concert organist Philip Scriven for what promises to be a thoroughly varied and quintessentially English musical feast.