Archive for September, 2012

Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’ & ‘Oxford Elegy’ and Chilcott carols

A Saturday evening concert in St.Gabriel’s Church, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP.

Conducted by David Murray.

Please note that due to circumstances the arrangements for this concert have had to be changed to a different date and location. Our apologies for this necessary change.

Tickets are £12.00 (£6 concession for full time students and those on income related benefits) and accompanied children under 16 admitted free. For this changed venue there will be a small number of tickets at £6.00 for the side-chapel with a restricted view. Tickets obtainable via this website or of from on-line ticketing at

The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams was written in 1920 for violin and orchestra and has now become one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire amongst British listeners, becoming the all-time favourite ‘Desert Island Disc’ and regularly appearing in the Classic FM annual Hall of Fame. It was inspired by George Meredith’s poem of the same name about the skylark.

The Oxford Elegy is a work for narrator, chorus and orchestra. Vaughan Williams based it on portions of two poems by Matthew Arnold. It is postulated that this work is Vaughan Williams’ homage to his friend and fellow composer Gustav Holst.

The second half of the concert will feature works by Bob Chilcott, who is recognised as one of the premier composers and choral conductors in Britain today. His arrangements of carols are well known and will be be an early taste of Christmas.