Newbury Spring Festival
We’re very excited to be hosting two events with Newbury Spring Festival this year.
It is the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth and his work is being celebrated throughout the festival.
Festival Service – St John’s Church
Sunday 8th May 6pm
This coming Sunday at 6pm, St John’s we are hosting the Festival Thanksgiving Service using Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Setting of the Mass in Gminor and sung by the wonderful Carice Singers.
Please do join us for these exciting and beautiful event.
PLEASE NOTE. The time is 6pm – not the 10am published in the brochure.
This is down to situations beyond our control.
Talk St George’s Church – Hedgerow to Pew – the story of the English Hymnal
by Jeremy Summerly
Thursday 12 May – 11am-12
In 1904 the agnostic Vaughan Williams set about introducing folk song into The English Hymnal. This revolutionary hymn book was the brainchild of Percy Dearmer, who wanted to rid the Anglican church of turgid 19th-century hymn tunes.
After the project had been concluded, Vaughan Williams admitted that his work on The English Hymnal had been ‘a better musical education than any amount of sonatas and fugues’.
It was melodies that Vaughan Williams discovered in the preparation of The English Hymnal that inspired the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910), Dives & Lazarus (1939), and passages of the opera The Pilgrim’s Progress (1951).
Jeremy Summerly will present a talk From Hedgerow to Pew, focusing on more of the fascinating story of Vaughan Williams and The English Hymnal.
Tickets £10 Booking here https://www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk/event/the-english-hymnal/