Behold, the sea! Top choral society marks Mayflower 2020 with sea-themed Worcester Cathedral concert

Celebrating ‘Mayflower 2020’ in grand choral and orchestral style, Worcester Festival Choral Society’s spring concert on Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm will combine three of the most beloved, sea-themed classical works in the soaring surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.

Vaughan Williams’ breath-taking choral masterpiece A Sea Symphony is a ravishing musical voyage celebrating the mighty power of the ocean, from its thrilling opening brass fanfare to the final notes disappearing over the horizon.

Complementing the choral excitement, Mendelssohn’s unmistakable Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave) and Britten’s vivid Four Sea Interludes (distilled from the opera Peter Grimes) will be performed by the Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra.

Singing with the 150 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society will be internationally acclaimed soprano, Sarah Fox, and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts. Worcester Cathedral’s Director of Music, Samuel Hudson, conducts.

Ben Cooper, Chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “This is an absolutely thrilling concert, with impressive musical forces! We’ve themed it to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower‘s voyage to the New World, especially as Worcestershire’s Edward Winslow was one of America’s Pilgrim Fathers.”

Established in 1861 and closely associated with Sir Edward Elgar in its early years, Worcester Festival Choral Society’s auditioned singers are selected from across the county. Today, it performs some of the world’s ‘great choral works’ at three major concerts in Worcester Cathedral each year. A popular ‘Come and Sing’ one-day workshop is also being held on 4 April in Worcester Cathedral, giving non-members the chance to learn Elgar’s The Music Makers.

For tickets – and opt-in to a pre-concert dinner prize draw run with Côte Brasserie Worcester – visit www.wfcs.online. Tickets also from Worcester Live: 01905 611427.

Photo caption: Worcester Festival Choral Society in concert at Worcester Cathedral in 2019. Image courtesy of Michael Whitefoot.