A Child of Our Time

Sat 22 July

Sarah Fox soprano

Hilary Summers alto

Andrew Tortise tenor

Neal Davies bass

Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Orchestra

Peter Nardone conductor


Elgar Great is the Lord

Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

Tippett A Child of Our Time


Elgar’s opulent 1912 anthem contrasts with the distinct musical styles of Britten and Tippett, marking changes in a musical landscape influenced by two world wars. The Four Sea Interludes depict the moods and tempers of both the North Sea and the dark protagonist of Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes. By contrast, Tippett’s contemplative oratorio is a shifting tapestry of light and shade, its spirituals acting like chorales in a Bach Passion and its text reflecting on the individual’s fate, ending with a plea for pacifism.


You can listen to A Child of Our Time HERE (YouTube link)


Sponsored by Great Western Railway

Sarah Fox supported by Joanna Brickell






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