Wagner - Mahler - Butterworth - Holst - Bernstein - November 2018

Saturday 17 November, 2018
St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School, Langley 

Wagner         Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Butterworth    A Shropshire Lad (Rhapsody)
Holst              Beni Mora
Mahler           Totenfeier
Bernstein       Candide: Suite for Orchestra arr. Harmon

We explore Germanic masterworks evoking a range of strong emotions, from the heady sensuality and physical longing expressed in the Prelude and Liebestod of Wagner’s great opera Tristan und Isoldeto the powerful funeral march for a ‘dead hero’ that is Mahler’s Totenfeier.  

100 years since the end of World War 1, Butterworth’s poignant rhapsody A Shropshire Lad gains extra resonance in the light of the young composer’s death in France in 1916.  

Journeys and travel inspire the second half, starting with Holst’s fascination with the orient which produced his Beni Mora, an orchestral showpiece inspired by music he heard first hand whilst on holiday in Algeria.  

Our concert culminates with the lightness and humour of the suite of ten songs from Bernstein’s operetta Candide.

Tickets £15 and  £12.50,  £10 under 16s/students
St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School​, 1 Langley Road, Slough SL3 7AF
St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School
1 Langley Rd