The OBC season opens with a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams. No composer enjoyed such a close relationship with the OBC; among the first to perform his major choral works, working together for almost half a century.
To commemorate that relationship we perform his oratorio Sancta Civitas, premiered by OBC in the Sheldonian Theatre in 1926. Sancta Civitas is based on the Book of Revelation and takes the listener from the terrors of war and its desolate aftermath to the ecstasy of the Last Judgement. Professor Dan Grimley, an expert on VW, will talk about this important work and Merton College Girl Choristers join us for the performance.
We also perform Dona Nobis Pacem, a cantata written in 1936. This deeply moving work is filled with foreboding for another war, but also hopes of a happier future. VW sets words from the Bible, and other sources, including Walt Whitman, who always inspired VW to write his very best music.
Paired with the much-loved Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, these works will make for a very special evening, and we hope you are able to join us.
Conductor Benjamin Nicholas
Soloists Ailish Tynan (soprano) Ruairi Bowen (tenor) Gareth Brynmor John (bass)
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