Summertown Choral Society

Brahms: A German Requiem

with Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs

Tickets £20

A German Requiem, written in 1868, was Brahms’ first great success as a composer and is full of some of his finest music. Brahms described it as a “humanist Requiem” and used words from Luther’s Protestant Bible rather than the usual Catholic liturgy. It delivers a message of hope, joy and consolation for the grieving, particularly in its most famous movement “How lovely are thy dwelling places”. It will be sung in the original German, with an English translation in the programme.

Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams, first performed in 1911, is a setting of words by the Anglican priest and poet George Herbert. It is influenced by English folksong and Tudor music but also has glittering flamboyance! From the dazzling opening chorus of “Rise Heart” to the glorious finale “Let All The World In Every Corner Sing” it is a joy to discover and perform.

We are excited to be joined by world class baritone Gareth Brynmor John, the baritone soloist in the 2022 Carols from Kings service broadcast all over the world. We are also delighted to welcome back Elspeth Piggott as the soprano soloist. Pianist and Brahms expert Julian Littlewood will accompany us throughout.

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