2 February 2013
St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm (ends c.9.30 pm)
Tickets £14 (£12)
20th Century Choral Masters
Parry, Howells, Harris, Britten, Whitacre
A drawing of one of Leonardo's attempts to give men winged flight like birds. Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine is a setting of a poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri in which the poet depicts Leonardo's torment as he feels driven to invent the means to escape earth's gravity.
For our second choir-only programme of this season we continue with English choral music alongside works by the American composer Eric Whitacre, currently one of the most-performed and popular living composers. This is the first time YBC has programmed any Whitacre and here include Sleep, Water Night and Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine. The English repertoire includes Howells’ Requiem, Harris’ Faire is the Heaven, Parry’s Songs of Farewell and, to celebrate the anniversary of his birth, Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia.