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Distant Shores

Saturday 3 November 2018, 7:30 pm
All Saints Church, Odiham RG29 1ND

Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
- Songs of Farewell

Philip Moore (b. 1943)
- Requiem

Southern Voices

musical director - Katherine Dienes-Williams
organ - Richard Moore

reader - James McConnachie

Ticket prices £16 (children 18 and under £1)

We enjoyed our first visit to All Saints Church, Odiham, which is near Hook in northern Hampshire. The concert comprised two major works on the theme of mortality and life beyond the grave, interspersed with a series of readings.

Parry’s Songs of Farewell are the last works in that composer’s repertoire, and something of a reflection of his resignation to his terminal illness, shortly before the end of the First World War. These six unaccompanied works are masterful examples of Parry’s harmonic and melodic talents, reflecting the emotions behind verses penned by a selection of English poets from the 17th and 19th centuries.

Philip Moore’s Requiem was first performed almost exactly one hundred years later, in November 2016. Philip Moore has an international reputation as a composer, primarily of organ and choral music, having held posts at Eton College, Canterbury Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and finally at York Minster, where he was the Master of Music from 1983 to 2008.