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The Sixteen

20 May 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Choral Pilgrimage: Author of Light

We’re delighted to welcome The Sixteen back to the Festival following the cancellation of 2020, with their Choral Pilgrimage focussing on Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell, which must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written.

Deeply affected by WW1 with constant news of many of his pupils being killed in action, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and that search for a better world but also an escape from the horrors of war.

Three short works by the poet and lutenist Campion, coupled with medieval carols which explore patriotic ceremony provide a suitable variety of sound worlds to serve as an introduction for the rich sonority of Parry’s songs.

Sponsored by Mr and Mrs David Bruce, The Greenwood Trust and Dame Theresa Sackler and an anonymous supporter

Conductor / Performers

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers  conductor


Parry Songs of Farewell
mediaeval carol Deo gracias, Anglia
mediaeval carol Saint Thomas honour we
mediaeval carol O blessed Lord
mediaeval carol Benedicite Deo
Cecilia McDowall An Unexpected Shore
Campion Never, weather-beaten sail
Campion Author of light
Campion Tune thy music to thy heart
Howells Take him, earth for cherishing


The whole programme was spine-shiveringly radiant from first to last.

Theatre Royal Winchester




Date: 20 May 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Event CategoryChoral & Vocal
Venue Name: Douai Abbey
Address: Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton
Reading, Berkshire RG7 5TQ United Kingdom

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