Monday 8 July 7.30pm, Temple Church
£10.00 — £20.00
Tickets £10 £20
This concert is promoted by the Bar Choral Society and is not part of the Temple Music season.
Jonathan Dove Arion and the Dolphin
Britten Salley Gardens
Britten O Waly Waly
John Ashton Thomas Psalm 133
Jonathan Darbourne Home
Jonathan Darbourne Loch Lomond
Constant Lambert Rio Grande
Bar Choral Society
Choristers of the Temple Church
The Percussion Ensemble of London
Robin Blaze alto
Iain Farrington piano
John Reid piano
Greg Morris conductor
Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin is a dramatic cantata for the colourful combination of countertenor solo, children’s choir, adult mixed choir, two pianos and percussion, the story told in lively verse by Jonathan Dove’s long-time collaborator Alasdair Middleton. The composer writes:
“Arion is a young poet from Corinth who wins first prize in a singing contest in Sicily. During his voyage home, the sailors plot to kill him and keep his prize-money. Arion begs to sing one last song, and they allow him. His song draws dolphins to the ship. As soon as he finishes his song, he jumps overboard and is rescued by one of the dolphins who carries him to safety. The dolphin ends among the stars, as the constellation Delphinus.”
Dove studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge. He has become well-known for his operatic works, including Flight and The Adventures of Pinocchio, and he has also written a large number of pieces for choirs. Arion and the Dolphin, with its dramatic word-setting and vivid pictorialism, blends the theatrical world of his opera compositions with the distinctive textures and colours of his choral works.
Constant Lambert was an English composer, conductor, and writer on music. A student of Vaughan Williams, he was the first English composer to have a work performed by the famous company, Ballets Russes. In his most famous piece, The Rio Grande, Lambert skillfully wove the disparate influences of Latin American habaneras, jazz, Delius and Duke Ellington into a vivid, evocative and highly distinctive colouring of a poem by Sacheverell Sitwell. Instantly successful after its first performances in 1928-9, The Rio Grande placed Lambert firmly alongside Walton at the head of a young generation of English composers.