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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Sunday 8 July 2018 at 19:30
Sarah FoxSoprano
Edward PriceBaritone
Christopher HerrickConductor
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Twickenham Choral Society

Twickenham Choral Society, together with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, celebrate two symphonic choral masterpieces of the 20th Century. Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony, his first and longest symphony, was composed at a time when the British Empire was at the peak of its maritime prowess. Setting Walt Whitman's inspirational poems, Vaughan Williams evokes the very essence of the sea in all its wayward moods – the flashing spray, the frolicsome waves, the whistling winds, the calm – and the ever-present closeness of death. Everyone will have their favourite moments, whether the burst of a sea shanty, the "myriad waves hastening", or the bustle of life on board ship – "shake out every sail". In his Symphony of Psalms, written twenty or so years later, Stravinsky likewise uses the choir very much as an additional orchestral force for these "poems of exaltation, but also of anger and judgement" in this striking work, lauded by Time Magazine in 1999 as no less than "the best classical piece of the 20th Century".

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