Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: Mr and Mrs Patrick Hungerford and Mr and Mrs Toby Ward

(c) Theo Williams

St Martin’s Church


Thursday 24th May, St Martin’s Church East Woodhay RG20 0AL
7.30pm (ends approx 9.00pm)



Tom Herring artistic director
Benjamin Cunningham artistic director
Parry Songs of Farewell
Tavener Funeral Ikos
Elgar They are at rest
Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing
Bednall Three Songs of Remembrance
Finzi Clear and gentle stream Nightingales
Vaughan Williams The springtime of the year


One of the most dynamic new choral groups in the UK, Sansara has rapidly gained a reputation for captivating performances of a broad range of repertoire, juxtaposing choral music old and new in imaginative narrative programmes. In September 2015, Sansara won First Prize and Audience Prize in the London International A Cappella Choir Competition, hosted by St John’s Smith Square.


Featuring a full performance of Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell in the 100th anniversary of his death, this very special all-English programme explores individual and collective expressions of loss and grief, reflecting on the centenary of the end of the First World War, before turning towards spring and the sense of hope and regeneration which it symbolises.


"Sansara slips easily into the elite ranks of exceptional performers ... breathtaking." Choir & Organ


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