Warlock – Capriol Suite
Adès – O Albion
Vaughan Williams – Concerto Academico
Leigh – Music for Strings
Holst – St.Paul’s Suite
Ireland – A Downland Suite
Orchestra of the Swan is delighted to be invited once again to the English Music Festival to perform music of British composers such as Walter Leigh and his Music for String Orchestra, a very fine work that clearly belongs to the best of British music for strings. This will be followed by Vaughan Williams’s Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra, which reveals a less familiar aspect of the composer’s musical personality, its relative emotional detachment possibly suggesting a reaction to the horrors of the First World War.
The concert will end with Ireland’s A Downland Suite, originally written for Brass Band, later arranged for string orchestra: charming, but emotionally deep.