Tudor Portraits

Music transports us to other times and places. Journey to the Elizabethan era with our Symphony Chorus and works inspired by a golden age of English art. Thomas Tallis and Thomas Tomkins created a unique style of choral music: expressive, dramatic and intimate. A great English composer of a later generation rediscovered their music and was profoundly transformed: Ralph Vaughan Williams paid tribute to his forebears in his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and invoked the spirit of Shakespeare in his gorgeous Serenade to Music, but it is the Five Tudor Portraits that are Vaughan Williams’ most extended love letter to Merrie Olde England.

This suite of earthy and rowdy pictures of life in the 16th century portrays good-time girl Elinor Rumming, the hard-to-get Pretty Bess and a delicate requiem to a pet sparrow among much else. Teeming with humanity and humour, Five Tudor Portraits is deservedly one of Vaughan Williams’ most beloved works and a showpiece for a spirited, brilliant choir.

TALLIS Why fumeth in sight
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
TOMKINS O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Five Tudor Portraits

Brett Weymark conductor
Morgan Balfour soprano
Bronwyn Douglass mezzo soprano
Evan Kirby tenor
Jarvis Dams baritone

Symphony Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra

Thursday 24 August, 7:30pm
Sunday 27 August, 2pm
City Recital Hall
Tickets: $49-$109 plus applicable fees

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