Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine. The text, "Verbe égal au Très-Haut" ("Word, one with the Highest"), is a French paraphrase by Jean Racine of a Latin hymn from the breviary for matins, Consors paterni luminis.
R. Vaughan Williams - In Windsor Forest. Comprising five choral songs, this cantata was adapted by the composer from music from his opera Sir John in Love. His Five Mystical Songs sets four poems ("Easter" divided into two parts) by seventeenth-century Welsh-born English poet and Anglican priest George Herbert (1593–1633).
Gounod - St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile). The St. Cecilia Mass was Gounod's first major work; the premiere was performed on St. Cecilia's day, 22 November 1855, in Saint-Eustache, Paris.
There will be interludes featuring Parry Quasi Sarabande (piano solo) and Widor Toccata from Symphony No. 5 (organ solo).
Friday June 24th 2022 at 7:30pm
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
R. Vaughan Williams: In Windsor Forest
Piano Solo (Parry Quasi Sarabande)
R. Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Organ Solo (Widor: Toccata from Symphony Number 5)
Gounod: St Cecilia Mass (Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile)
Ellie Sperling soprano
Edward Ross tenor
Alex Bower-Brown baritone
Goldsmiths Choral Union
Stephen Jones Piano
Edward Batting Organ
Jack Apperley conductor