Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams
A Sea Symphony

Elgar Enigma Variations

Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm

Canterbury Choral Society
Richard Cooke conductor
Katherine Crompton Soprano
Edward Grint Bass
VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Sponsored by Wendi and Maurice Atherton and
further supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust


Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and Elgar Enigma Variations

Two of the most voluptuous English 20th century compositions come together to bathe the Cathedral in glorious sounds. Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony captures the differing moods of the sea with the text of Walt Whitman. It 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!). Elgar’s closest friend is depicted most deeply in the Nimrod variation.

This is an opportunity to hear two grand-scale works in the great setting of Canterbury Cathedral.

Online resources


Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Ralph Vaughan Williams worked on A Sea Symphony from 1903 to 1909.

Elgar Enigma Variations

Edward Elgar composed Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (popularly known as the Enigma Variations) between October 1898 and February 1899. It is an orchestral work comprising fourteen variations.