Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra is busy rehearsing for its most ambitious concert to date featuring three county choirs and celebrated tenor James Gilchrist for a major commemoration of the centenary of the First World War at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday June 30th.
With more than 150 voices and orchestral players, under the baton of Glyn Oxley and four other conductors, this project will perform a new work entitled ‘For an Unknown Soldier’ by Jonathan Dove. The lyrics are based on poems by the Great War Poets, including Gloucestershire’s Ivor Gurney.
The first half of the concert will showcase the orchestra performing Ralph Vaugh Williams’ ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ followed by performances of Hubert Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’ sung by the St Cecilia Singers under conductor Jonathan Hope. Modern composer Alissa Firsova’s ‘Stabat Mater’ will be sung by The Oriel Singers under Ben Sawyer’s baton. While young singers from Cheltenham Youth Choir will be singing Jonathan Dove’s ‘Friday Afternoon’ songs under Rachel Bowen’s direction.
Tickets priced £15 adults and free for under-18s are available online at saintceciliasingers.org.uk or by ringing 01684 856148; they can also be obtained from Tourist Information Centre across the county and on the door.