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A Serenade to Summer

    at St Lawrence West Wycombe

    Music for all ages

Part of the 2017 Wycombe Arts Festival
Whitacre: i thank You God for most this amazing day
Whitacre: i will wade out
Whitacre: hope, faith, life, love
Fauré: Madrigal
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Bax: What is it like to be young and fair?
Finzi: White-Flowering Days
Rubbra: Salutation
Stanford: The Blue Bird
Saint-Saens: Calme des nuits
Saint-Saens: Les fleurs et les arbres
Trad (arr. Bairstow): The Oak and the Ash
Trad (arr. Jonathan Rathbone): The Ash Grove
Roderick Williams: Dr Seuss’s Sleep Thoughts
Myers (arr. Roderick Williams): She was beautiful
Rodgers (arr. Sanjay Manohar): My Funny Valentine
Rodgers (arr. David Blackwell: Blue Moon
Gershwin (arr. David Blackwell): ‘S wonderful
Gershwin (arr. Roderick Williams): Summer time
Gershwin (arr. Christopher Clapham): I got rhythm

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On the brink of summer, the Elysian Singers return to the glorious West Wycombe Church to inspire and entertain, with music to suit all tastes. The works of Eric Whitacre have become modern classics, to match Stanford’s ‘The Blue Bird’ and Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’. We dip into English folksong, and celebrate the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee with tributes by local composers and writers. After a surprising detour into Dr Seuss, we conclude with classics by Rodgers and Gershwin from the American Songbook.