Into the Light

Into the Light

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A major concert celebrating 1000 years of the Abbey of St Edmund

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presents:

Into the Light

Britten: Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Parry: I Was Glad
Paul Carr: Into The Light (world première)
Elgar: Enigma Variations

James Gilchrist, tenor
The English Arts Chorale
Eye Bach Choir
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor

Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, originally written for the spectacular 1959 Magna Carta Pageant, opens this concert, which celebrates 1000 years of the Abbey of St Edmund and the tenth anniversary of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

The theme of glorious celebration continues with Parry’s Coronation Anthem, I Was Glad, followed by the world première of Paul Carr’s Into The Light, commissioned to celebrate Abbey1000. This reveals both the mysticism and intensity of words inspired by the Rule of St Benedict and suggested to the composer by Canon Matthew Vernon, Sub-Dean of our Cathedral. Choir and orchestra are joined by the distinguished tenor James Gilchrist for the world première.

After the interval, Elgar’s Enigma Variations returns us from the sparkling new to the delightfully familiar, with musical portraits of the composer’s friends including, of course, Nimrod, rightly one of the most unmistakeable, memorable, moving and profound musical utterances of any English composer. Or perhaps, come to think of it, any composer. Ever.

An evening of deep musical experiences that will leave you transfixed.

Generously supported by Abbey Anniversary Group

"The joy. The unexpected!"
“I was surprised to find myself overcome with affection for all of you!”
Audience members on the SPO

Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £36,£32, £29, £25, £22 children half price
Venue: St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

This event is promoted by Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

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