Sunday, October 26. 7:30pm. Parish Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Wantage. £12
We invite you to join us in the superb surroundings of the Parish Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Wantage, as The Pavlova Quintet, an established Oxford-based ensemble of exceptional musicians with a wealth of experience, gives a concert of music written at a time contemporary to the Great War.
Included in the programme are the Holst Wind Quintet, Hindemith Kammermusik, Elgar Chansons, Grainger ‘Country Gardens’, and Butterworth’s ‘Banks of Green Willow’ – as well as the more unusual and unfamiliar repertoire for which the quintet is famous. It features two premières – Great War songs arranged for wind quintet (Keep the Home Fires Burning, Pack up your troubles, It’s a long way to Tipperary, Roses of Picardy), and Five Preludes by Ivor Gurney, originally for piano, but transcribed for quintet by our flautist Chris Britton. The evening promises to be remarkable, when music redolent of a vanished way of life will echo with a special poignancy around the stones of an ancient church.
The Pavlova Quintet, which was founded by Simon Payne in 1999 in order to explore and perform to the highest standard, has recently been praised in The Oxford Times for showing ‘musical dexterity’ and for handling technical challenges with ‘energy, humour and flair … vigour, warmth and a general sense of fun.’
The Festival is very grateful for the PCC’s support in allowing the Church to host the event without charge.