Thursday 17 Oct 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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David Hill conductor

Raphael Wallfisch cello

Duncan Rock baritone

The Bach Choir choir

Roxanna Panufnik Four Choral Seasonsworld premiere

Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody


Debussy La mer

Delius Sea Drift

Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik, presented by the Bach Choir and conductor David Hill - Four Choral Seasons sets poems by Christina Rosetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Shakespeare. The piece commences with Laurence Binyon’s evocative poem beginning 'Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.’

Alongside it, cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs the final work of composer Ernest Bloch’s Jewish Cycle, Schelomo. A majestic journey for cello and orchestra, it tells the biblical story of King Solomon.

The choir also performs Delius's Sea Drift, an intensely emotional work full of rich choral harmony, based on the poignant story of two seabirds in Walt Whitman's poem Leaves of Grass.