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Bedford Choral Society - A European Journey

Saturday 17 March 2018

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL


Soloists Eve McGrath (soprano), Chris Williams (baritone)

Conductor Michael Rose

Brahms - Academic Festival Overture

Brahms - Song of Destiny

Vaughan Williams - Toward the unknown region

Faure - Requiem


This concert explores the different musical languages of three European countries. The majesty and grandeur of Brahms' music is displayed in two popular works. The Song of Destiny is considered one of Brahms' best choral works, along with The German Requiem. In fact, Josef Sittard argues, 'Had Brahms never written anything but this one work, it would alone have sufficed to rank him with the best masters' and in the Academic Festival Overture Brahms creates a very boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs. This work sparkles with some of the finest virtues of Brahms' orchestral technique.

Vaughan Williams frequently turned to the poetry of Walt Whitman for his libretti. This early work's enduring success stems from its remarkable marriage of music and text and identified Vaughan Williams as a new and important voice in British music.

Faure's ever popular Requiem combines powerful musical statement with utmost delicacy of musical language. A concert of contrasts to appeal to all.

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