Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: The Adrian Swire Charitable Trust and
Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust

Supported by: Friends of Newbury Spring Festival

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St Nicolas Church

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Saturday 25th May

St Nicolas Church Newbury RG14 5HG
7.30pm (ends approx 9.35pm)


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Martyn Brabbins conductor
Sophie Bevan soprano
Roderick Williams baritone
Newbury Spring Festival Chorus
Walton Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Britten Four Sea Interludes
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 1 A Sea Symphony


The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra return to close the Festival again in 2019 with an exciting evening drawing together the air and the sea, under the direction of Martyn Brabbins, music director of English National Opera.


Walton’s rousing and patriotic Spitfire Prelude and Fugue opens the concert – a celebration of one of the nation’s favourite aircraft.


Moving to the sea, we then hear Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, taken from his opera Peter Grimes. Finally the orchestra and Spring Festival Chorus are joined by two of Britain’s leading singers, Sophie Bevan and Roderick Williams, for a performance of Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony. The firstsymphony by Vaughan Williams set the stage for a new era of symphonic and choral music in Britain during the first half of the 20th century.