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Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars

    at St Paul's Covent Garden

    Classic and modern choral settings of poetry on nature, love & spirituality

Bob Chilcott: Come back!
Jussi Chydenius: Tonight
Bob Chilcott: My Heart’s Friend
Jussi Chydenius: Deep in the night
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs
Ronald Corp: Dover Beach
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Lee-Shore
Granville Bantock: In the Silent West
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: The Evening Star
John Tavener: The Eternal Sun
Paul Mealor: Wherever you are
Bob Chilcott: Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars
Jussi Chydenius: On a Windy Day
Bob Chilcott: She walks in beauty
Jussi Chydenius: The Sound of the Sea

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The great poets of the English language (from both sides of the pond) have inspired many composers over the last 100 years. In this concert we feature examples by William Shakespeare, Matthew Arnold, Lord Byron and Anne Brontë, as well as the Americans Henry Longfellow, Sara Teasdale and Mary Austin. From the Edwardian part-songs of Coleridge-Taylor and Bantock, we move to the famous Shakespeare settings by Vaughan Williams. Beautiful and deeply serious works by John Tavener and Ronald Corp sit alongside the deliciously catchy and jazzy songs of Bob Chilcott and his Finnish counterpart Jussi Chydenius: and we finish with a bona fide No.1 hit, ‘Wherever you are’, originally written by Paul Mealor for the Military Wives Choir.