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Yorkshire Bach Choir: The Cloud-Capp'd Towers

St Michael le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, York
Saturday 10 May 7:30pm

Adults £14 | Concessions £12

Please note that this event is no longer available online, but tickets can be bought by calling the box office on 01904 858338 and will be available on the door an hour before the start of the performance. 

The Cloud-Capp''d Towers
Settings of 17th Century Poets including Shakespeare
by Vaughan Williams, Pearsall, Moeran, Mellers and Aston
Songs of Springtime
E J Moeran
Three Shakespeare Songs
Sweet Day
Three Elizabethan Part Songs
R Vaughan Williams
Lay a Garland,
Take, O take those lips away
Great God of Love
Come let us be merry 
R L Pearsall    
Four Short Shakespeare Songs
Wilfrid Mellers
Three Shakespeare Songs
Peter Aston
Elizabethan Pastorals
 from Op. 39  & Op. 53 
C V Stanford

Unsurprisingly, the lyrics of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, such as Beaumont, Fletcher and Herrick, provided great inspiration for many composers who responded with memorable settings for unaccompanied choir. Vaughan Williams'' Three Shakespeare Songs have texts from Shakespeare''s plays; Moeran sets Shakespeare, Herrick, Fletcher and others; Pearsall sets Beaumont and Fletcher. All these are popular works of choral repertoire and are partnered by settings of Shakespeare by Wilfrid Mellers and Peter Aston, both of whom have strong and affectionate associations with York and YBC. 

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