- Introduction and Allegro for Strings
- Vaughan Williams
- The Lark Ascending
- Water Music (excerpts)
- Symphony No. 104 (London)
- Duncan Riddell
An afternoon of quintessentially British music! Handel’s Water Music accompanied George I along a royal excursion down the River Thames in 1717 and the suites have become firmly engrained within British culture ever since. Later during the 18th century, Haydn enjoyed a lucrative spell in the nation’s capital – particularly with his 12 ‘London’ symphonies, the last of which adopted this nickname.
The English Musical Renaissance of the late-19th to 20th centuries saw the reforming of a national artistic presence through music. Few composers have evoked the English countryside more distinctly than Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending being one of his most idyllic portrayals of pastoral themes.