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Concerts 2018

Winchester Cathedral - Saturday 12th May 2018 7.30pm

by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter

Conductor: David Burgess

Soloists: Helen Bailey (Sop), Adrian Green (Tenor)

Choirs: Botley Choral Society, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Overton Choral Society, Twyford Singers

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Elgar: Spirit of England
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man


“The Spirit of England, Op. 80”, is a work for chorus, orchestra, and soprano/tenor soloist in three movements composed by Edward Elgar between 1915 and 1917, setting text from Laurence Binyon's 1914 anthology of poems The Winnowing Fan. The work acts as a requiem for the dead of World War I and is dedicated "to the memory of our glorious men, with a special thought for the Worcesters".

“The Armed Man”, subtitled "A Mass for Peace", was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements. It was written for SATB chorus with soloists (soprano, baritone and Muezzin) and a symphonic orchestra. Guy Wilson, then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass.

Romsey Abbey - Saturday 19th May 2018 7.30pm

by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Soloists: Jocelyn Somerville (sop), Felicity Turner (Mezzo), Adrian Green (Tenor), Edmund Saddington (Bass)
Choirs: Compton & Shawford Festival Choir Sarisbury Choral Society Winchester City Festival Choir Romsey School Junior Choir

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

John Rutter: Mass of the Children
Haydn: Mass in Time of War


Mass of the Children is a non-liturgical Missa brevis, with the traditional Latin and Greek Mass text interwoven with several English poems. It consists of five movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Finale (Dona nobis pacem).

The Finale uses additional text from the Agnus Dei which was not used in the preceding movement, as well as two prayer adaptations by Rutter and a poem by Bishop Thomas Ken (An Evening Hymn). Another of Ken's poems was incorporated into the Kyrie (A Morning Hymn), and a poem by William Blake (The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience) is interwoven with the Agnus Dei.

Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War) is a setting of the mass by Joseph Haydn. Known also as the Paukenmesse due to the dramatic use of timpani, it is one of the most popular of his fourteen mass settings. The autographed manuscript contains the title "Missa in tempore belli" in Haydn's handwriting.

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