- George Frideric Handel, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day
- Ralph Vaughan Williams, Serenade to Music
- Franz Joseph Haydn, Missa Sancti Nicolai (Mass of St. Nicholas)
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and up and down the country amateur orchestras and choirs are preparing commemorative concerts. So too is local community choir Vox Holloway — not by singing a war requiem or a medley of popular wartime songs, but by celebrating harmony across the ages. Drawing from the works of composers from Germany, Austria, and England, the 70-strong choir Vox Holloway will explore the concept of universal harmony that has formed the basis for making music for over two thousand years.
Justin Butcher, founder and Artistic Director of the choir, says, “We needed a way to commemorate World War I that also reflected the ethos of our choir, which is that music brings people together. So what better way to unite these two ideas than to sing some of the most beautiful music from Germany, Austria, and England that specifically celebrates harmony and humanity? As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, ‘music is the universal language of mankind’. And so, as a way of remembering conflict, we are celebrating the unifying power of music.”
The choir will be joined by a 20-piece baroque orchestra and acclaimed guest tenor soloist Simon Walton.