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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Repertoire

Elgar
Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
Handel
Water Music (excerpts)
Haydn
Symphony No. 104 (London)

Performers

Duncan Riddell
director/violin

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.

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