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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams

7.30pm, Monday 26 November 2018
St John's Smith Square

Conductor: Russell Keable

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Holst
Ballet music from The Perfect Fool
Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances
Vaughan Williams
Job: A Masque for Dancing

Ninety-five years after Holst’s opera The Perfect Fool (1918-22) received its première at London’s Covent Garden Theatre, music director Russell Keable presents the magical ballet music from the score, danced by the spirits of Earth, Water and Air. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (1940) – the last piece the composer wrote – is stunningly scored, drawing out the tone colours of instruments including an alto saxophone, while Vaughan Williams’s Job: A Masque for Dancing (1931) marks a crucial point in the development of British ballet, with its radiant melodies inspired by William Blake’s illustrated edition of the Book of Job.

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Rehearsal schedule

25 October 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
1 November 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
8 November 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Netley Primary School (string sectional), Pimlico Academy (woodwind sectional) (sectional)
15 November 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
22 November 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Pimlico Academy
25 November 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm, Henry Wood Hall
26 November 2018, 5.30pm-6.30pm, St John's Smith Square