10 May 2014
St Michael le Belfrey, York
7.30 pm (ends c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £14 (£12)
The Cloud-Capp'd Towers
Settings of 17th century poets including Shakespeare
by Vaughan Williams, Pearsall, Moeran, Mellers and Aston
Unsurprisingly, the lyrics of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, such as Beaumont, Fletcher and Herrick, provided great inspiration for many composers who responded with memorable settings for unaccompanied choir. Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs have texts from Shakespeare’s plays; Moeran sets Shakespeare, Herrick, Fletcher and others; Pearsall sets Beaumont and Fletcher. All these are popular works of the choral repertoire and are partnered by settings of Shakespeare by Wilfrid Mellers and Peter Aston, both of whom have strong and affectionate associations with York and YBC.