221217 Cambridge Philharmonic


Florence Price - Concert Overture no. 2

Stravinsky - Choral Variations on ‘Vom Himmel Hoch’

Tippett - A Child of Our Time


Francesca Chiejina - soprano

Felicity Buckland - mezzo-soprano

Ronald Samm - tenor

Keel Watson - bass

Harry Sever - conductor

Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra

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Tippett’s staggering oratorio A Child of Our Time reflects on the shocking violence of war, the history of oppression and the ultimate hope for peace and reconciliation – all themes that resonate as closely today as they did in the context of World War II. Taking particular musical influence from Bach's Passions, Tippett maintains the standard oratorio structure, but replaces traditional Lutheran chorales with African-American spirituals. The musical language is striking and bold, and the humanity at the heart of the story is palpable.

This musical language also runs through Florence Price’s Concert Overture No. 2 – an opulent and dramatic orchestral piece from one of the most prolific American musicians of her generation – as well as Stravinsky’s Choral Variations on 'Vom Himmel Hoch', based on a Christmas chorale by Bach.

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Cambridge Philharmonic is one of the oldest and most distinguished music societies, being founded in 1887, drawing auditioned musicians and a large chorus from in and around the Cambridge area. Under the direction of Music Director, Harry Sever, Cambridge Philharmonic performs a wide range of repertoire as part of its annual concert series, including an opera, family concert, classical and contemporary works. Find out more at cambridgephilharmonic.com