Anthony Ritchie - 'Gallipoli to the Somme' (London première)

13 Jun 2018
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
  • Anthony Ritchie - 'Gallipoli to the Somme'(London première)
  • Vaughan Williams - 'The Lark Ascending'
  • Jessie Montgomery - 'Banner'
  • Vaughan Williams - 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis'

Sometimes the simplest music can be the most powerful. From a lone violin line and a plaintive melody of centuries before, Vaughan Williams spins gold in his two most-loved masterpieces. A century later, the young New York composer Jessie Montgomery makes her own mark with the same string forces as the Tallis Fantasia, echoing another age-old melody in a new light.

Celebrating the unsung heroes of the Great War, Anthony Ritchie likewise harks back to humble idioms. His exquisite oratorio resounds with the music of everyday folk, including carols and ballads sung in the trenches. Here too a solo violin abounds, depicting a fabled New Zealand soldier who took his instrument to the frontline.

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
Allegri Quartet
Anna Leese - Soprano
Jon Stainsby - Baritone
City Choir Dunedin (New Zealand)
The Parliament Choir
Southbank Sinfonia

Tickets £15-£30
Box office: 020 7960 4200

Read or download the concert flyer below.

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