The Royal Platinum Jubilee Gala Concert
4th June 2022
Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA


Vaughan Williams  Festival Te Deum
Elgar  Spirit of England
– Elgar Festival Chorus
– April Fredrick, soprano
Ian Venables  Song of the Severn (world premiere)
– Marcus Farnsworth, baritone
Elgar  In the South


Conductor: Kenneth Woods
Soloists: April Fredrick (Soprano), Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone)

Chorus: Elgar Festival Chorus

About this Concert

Always the highpoint of the festival, this year’s Royal Platinum Jubilee Gala concert opens with the Festival Te Deum by Ralph Vaughan Willams, a composer whose 150th birthday we celebrate this year. This dazzling work was written in celebration of of coronation of King George in 1937. Worcester-based composer Ian Venables has proved a worthy successor to Sir Edward Elgar, and his Song of the Severn is a poignant celebration of the natural wonders of Elgar Country. The concert sees the launch of the new Elgar Festival Chorus for a performance of Elgar’s powerful Spirit of England, and concludes with his brilliant tone poem, In the South.