Choral workshop with performance
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Toward the Unknown Region
Five Mystical Songs
Directed by David Thomas
Benjamin Cunningham piano
Andrew de Silva baritone
Winchester Music Club invites you to join us for a choral workshop followed by a run through performance exploring two of Vaughan Williams’ mini choral masterpieces. Composed in 1906, “Toward the Unknown Region” put Vaughan Williams on the map as a new and important voice in English music. It sets the words of the poem “Darest thou now, O soul” from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”. “Five Mystical Songs”, using a collection of poems by George Herbert, was composed over the next five years. The first four songs are quiet personal meditations with the final “Antiphon” a triumphant hymn of praise: “Let all the world in every corner sing”.
The workshop will be led by David Thomas, Master of Music Winchester College and Music Director of Winchester Music Club, accompanied on the piano by Benjamin Cunningham with Andrew de Silva baritone soloist.
1.00pm Lunch break (there are pubs and cafés 5 minutes walk away or you are welcome to bring a picnic)
2.00pm Resume rehearsal
4.00pm Tea and Cakes
4.30pm Run through performance
Winchester College Music School, Culver Road, Winchester, SO23 9JF
There is no parking available on site (except for disabled) and the nearby streets are restricted to 2 hours so please use city centre car parks or the park and ride.
Tea and coffee will be served in the breaks, with home made cakes in the afternoon break. Lunch is not provided. There are plenty of cafés, supermarkets and bars 5 minutes walk away or you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
Singers: £20 (including score hire), £5 students under 25
Audience: £5, accompanied children fee of charge
Tickets may be available on the day, but advanced booking is advised.