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Preview: Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony & Elgar – Enigma Variations by the Portsmouth Choral Union


For the final concert of its 2017-2018 season, Portsmouth Choral Union will give local audiences a rare opportunity to hear Ralph Vaughan Williams’ mighty and majestic ‘A Sea Symphony’. Written for large orchestra, with Soprano and Baritone soloists, this is one of the first symphonies in which a choir is used, as an integral part of the musical texture, in all four movements. The music is, by turns exciting, evocative, dramatic and, above all, melodic and memorable. All lovers of English choral music are encouraged to hear this concert, which will also include Elgar’s ever popular ‘Enigma Variations’.

Its performance will take place at St Mary’s Church Portsea on Saturday 16th June, beginning at 7.30. The choir, joined here by members of The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, will be on top form, having recently performed the work on tour in Germany with the German choir ‘Musikgemeinder Osterode’. It will be accompanied by Southern Pro Musica, under the musical direction of their conductor David Gostick.

Read a review of this concert.

Author: Ian Schofield

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