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Vaughan Williams and Ravel

Thursday 10 November 2022, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall

Ravel Menuet antique
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Hilary Davan Wetton Conductor
Anita Watson Soprano
Maya Colwell Mezzo-soprano
Maximilian Lawrie Tenor
Ashley Riches Baritone
City of London Choir

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A moving performance of works which evoke the futility of war and destruction and the final concert in a series with the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which explores the ground-breaking work of Ralph Vaughan Williams in a European context.

This concert pairs Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with music by his teacher Ravel. Written in 1938, Serenade to Music has an atmosphere of shimmering contentedness that belies the prevailing tension of the time. In contrast Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin was written throughout the First World War and each movement is dedicated to a friend of Ravel’s who was killed in the conflict.

Storm clouds were already brewing in Europe in 1936 when Vaughan Williams wrote Dona Nobis Pacem, a powerful musical evocation of the destruction and death brought about through war and violence. A deeply affecting and dramatic work, it speaks vividly of the harshness and cruelty of war, and also captures the mood of its own time in an anguished, pre-emptive lament for what was about to come. As Simon Heffer puts it, Dona Nobis Pacem “confirms that this is now a composer whose main inspiration is drawn not from the soil of England, but from the whole world going mad around him.” The cantata ends on a note of reconciliation and hope transcending nations and borders, binding Vaughan Williams to humanity everywhere.

RVW 150 Gold with Border


Large print versions of the programme for this concert are available on request. Please email your request to Doran Crowhurst crowhurstd@rpo.co.uk at least one full week before the performance.


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