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The Singing Will Never Be Done | The Elysian Singers of London

Saturday November 10, 2018 at 19:30
St Luke's, Chelsea, London
£15 or £10 for concessions
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  1. Songs of Farewell - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  2. The singing will never be done - John Duggan, lyrics by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Ivor Gurney
  3. For lo, I raise up Op 145 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
  4. When you see the millions of the mouthless dead - Sir James MacMillan
  5. Rhapsody No 3 for organ in C sharp minor Op17 - Herbert Howells
  6. If you are fire - Owen Leech

The Elysian Singers commemorate the ending of the First World War by mixing choral and organ music from the period with 21st-century settings of the farmous war poets. The backbone of the programme is provided by the six miraculous 'Songs of Farewell' by Hubert Parry, who died just a month before the Armistice.

Equally moving is John Duggan's 2008 work 'The singing will never be done', a group of astonishingly assured settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon and Ivor Gurney.

There are shorter works by Parry's great rival Charles Villiers Stanford, Gurney's close friend Herbert Howells, and the choir's patron Sir James MacMillan, as well as a recent setting by Owen Leech of (non-war) poems by Isaac Rosenberg, who died in the trenches alongside so many poets, composers and ordinary men.

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