St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war, Pegasus presents a programme of music and poetry written during the war and in response to it.
This inspiring, hour-long programme is performed in one of London’s most beautiful churches. It’s an ideal way to spend a contemplative Sunday afternoon! Reservations or tickets are not needed, and admission is free. (Donations to defray St George’s costs are welcomed).
Matthew Altham, Director
David Goudge, Reader
Nunc Dimittis Maurice Ravel
Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis
Nachtlied Douglas Guest
For the Fallen Walford Davies A Short Requiem Sergei Rachmaninov
Blagoslovi dushe moya gospoda
Nyne otpushchaeshi Ivor Gurney
Psalm 23 Since I believe in God the Father Almighty Traditional, arr. Nigel Short The Dying Soldier Gustav Mahler (arr. Clytus Gottwald) Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Our concert includes works by composers who experienced the war at first hand, such as Ivor Gurney, who was forever changed by what he witnessed, and Maurice Ravel, who wrote his Trois Chansons while waiting to go to the front to serve as a driver. We will sing two movements from Sergei Rachmaninov’s transcendent All-Night Vigil, composed for fundraising concerts for Russian soldiers, and the rarely performed Short Requiem written by Walford Davies in 1915 to commemorate the fallen.
Actor David Goudge reads poems by writers including Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.The programme ends with a choral arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen. This song, composed at the turn of the twentieth century, sums up – and bids farewell to – an era that was to be irreparably ruptured by the outbreak of the war.
Please note that the works in the programme and their order are subject to change.
St. George’s is just a few minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square and Holborn tube stations. If you are using satnav, note that the church’s postal address and postcode are for the church office on Little Russell Street, but the church itself is entered from Bloomsbury Way. Find more directions here.