Anthony Ritchie - 'Gallipoli to the Somme' (European Première)

02 Jun 2018
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ
  • Anthony Ritchie - 'Gallipoli to the Somme'(European première)
  • Vaughan Williams - 'The Lark Ascending'
  • Augusta Holmès - 'La Nuit et L’Amour'
  • Ravel - 'Le tombeau de Couperin'

Even in the darkest hours, music endures. In the same decade Europe was ravaged by the Great War, Vaughan Williams and Ravel wrote such cloudless masterworks. To find a way forward through such testing times, both composers drew upon earlier musical hallmarks, symbols of what once made mankind good, and would again. A hundred years on, New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie in turn echoes the evergreen sounds of Vaughan Williams. His powerful oratorio remembers the everyday people who strived to retain hope and dignity as the First World War shattered their humanity.

Music's capacity to cross cultural, political divide is celebrated in the Parliament Choir, comprising peers, MPs and staff of all parties. They are joined by guest singers from New Zealand’s City Choir Dunedin, and the acclaimed Southbank Sinfonia which unites outstanding graduate musicians from all over the world, conducted by Simon Over.

Simon Over - Conductor
Annabel Drummond - Violin
Anna Leese - Soprano
Jon Stainsby - Baritone
City Choir Dunedin (New Zealand)
The Parliament Choir
Southbank Sinfonia

FREE but tickets required.