Saturday 1 June at 7:30 PM
Worcester Cathedral WR1 2LA

Festival Gala Concert
The Elgar Cello Concerto 100th Anniversary Performance

English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods – Conductor
Raphael Wallfisch – Cello

With special guests
Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir, Stephen Shellard – director


Edward Elgar arr. Donald Fraser – Sea Pictures (version for string orchestra and chorus
-Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir
Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto
– Raphael Wallfisch – cello
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony no. 5

Part of Elgar Festival 2019

Elgar’s Cello Concerto, his last large-scale completed work, was not a success at its premiere in 1919, but in the century since it was written, it has become one of the most admired and beloved pieces in all classical music. Thanks to the advocacy of legendary cellists from Beatrice Harrison and Jaqueline Du Pré to Sheku Kanneh Mason and tonight’s soloist, Raphael Wallfisch, it has won the hearts of countless millions of listeners worldwide. Our celebration of the centenary of this iconic work promises to be the highlight of the 2019 Elgar Festival.

The programme opens with a performance of Donald Fraser’s acclaimed choral arrangement of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the English String Orchestra and the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir. Fraser’s arrangement was given a triumphant premiere at the 2015 English Symphony Orchestra Elgar Pilgrimage and recently had it’s debut at the Three Choirs Festival. It’s premiere CD recording on Avie Records was a Classic FM Disc of the Month.

The concert concludes with one of the most beautiful of British symphonies, Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony. Like Elgar’s Cello Concerto, this symphony is a wartime work of deep contemplation and subtle beauty.

TICKETS £25, £20, £15 and £10. Booking charges may apply

Purchase tickets online via Eventbrite here

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