Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Elgar Enigma Variations
Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm
Sponsored by Wendi and Maurice Atherton and further supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust
Two of the most voluptuous English 20th century compositions come together to bathe the Cathedral in glorious sounds. Vaughan Williams captures the differing moods of the sea with the text of Walt Whitman, and brings heart-rending intensity to the image of Earth the ‘vast rondure swimming in space’. Elgar’s Enigma Variations, perhaps the finest ever written for orchestra, capture in turn the characteristics of his friends (and a lively dog!), with his closest friend depicted most deeply in the Nimrod variation. An opportunity to hear two grand-scale works in the great setting of Canterbury Cathedral.