The centrepiece of Collegium Musicum of London’s summer concert, commemorating the end of World War One, is Vaughan Williams’s impassioned plea for peace Dona nobis pacem. The composer wrote the cantata in 1936 amid fears that a new global conflict was looming. It takes the form of six movements, with the poetry of Walt Whitman – as well as passages from both the Mass and the Bible – providing the text. The phrase Dona nobis pacem (‘Give us peace’) punctuates the entire work.
Soloists Augusta Hebbert (soprano) and Michael Hickman (baritone) will appear alongside actor Brendan Charleson (right), in an evening of choral music and readings to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918.
Saturday June 16th 2018
London WC2H 9DY
…and the rest of 2018…
A concert of favourite tunes chosen by the choir
October 4, Grand Entrance Hall, Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe
December 14, Temple Church, London EC4