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ABC celebrates Vaughan Williams' Centenary

2008 is a special Vaughan Williams year and ABC is making a distinctive contribution to the national celebrations on October 4th in the historic setting of the Temple Church. The programme is centred on the epoch-making Mass in G Minor, the Tudor influenced masterpiece that should be ideally suited to the atmospheric acoustics of the medieval 'Round' at the west end of the building. Other works by Vaughan Williams will include the Three Shakespeare Songs of 1951, with Prospero's valedictory soliloquy 'The cloud-capp'd towers' from Shakespeare's The Tempest, and the large scale motets Lord Thou Hast been Our Refuge and O Clap Your Hands.

To complement this multi-faceted portrait of a great English composer, the programme includes a generous selection of motets by Byrd and Tallis that mirror the 'Tudor' theme. There is also music by Howells and Finzi, both protégées of Vaughan Williams, including the latter's achingly beautiful Lo, the full, final sacrifice. Finally there is a tribute to the American composer Elliott Carter who celebrates his 100th birthday this year; his early choral compositions feature his most lyrical and approachable music.

Getting there

The Temple Church is easy to find, located just off Fleet Street within walking distance of Temple, Embankment, Holborn and Blackfriars tube stations. See their location map at


Tickets are priced at £12 (£10 concessions). To book tickets in advance, please use the Contact Us form. Tickets will also be available on the door.


4th October 2008 7:30pm

Temple Church

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