Hunts Phil launch new season

Press release date: 10 October, 2012

Huntingdonshire Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Adrian Brown, launch their new season with a programme of English music by three very different composers.

Parry’s rousing I was Glad, performed at Coronations since 1902 and at two Royal weddings, has become a firm choral favourite.

Vaughan Williams conducted the first performance of his 5th symphony at a Promenade Concert in 1943. This serene and lyrical work with its inbuilt quality of calm reassurance made an immediate and deep impression on a public uncertain of the future during wartime. Sibelius, to whom it was dedicated, described it as ‘a marvellous work’, and it continues to inspire audiences today.

Sea Drift, first performed in 1906, is Delius’ choral masterpiece. Walt Whitman’s poem, telling the story of two nesting sea birds and the tragedy of one of them, never to return, is inspirationally set in a rhapsodic and emotional way by Delius. Magically, Delius captures not only the song of the lone bird, grieving for his mate, but also the sound and changing moods of the sea itself in this beautiful and evocative work.

Fans of Laurence Meikle, whose recent performances in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Requiem delighted our audiences, will welcome his return to Huntingdon for a third time as our baritone soloist. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Laurence is currently building a successful international career in opera, with recent engagements in Milan, Bergamo, Monte Carlo and the UK.

The concert will be held at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, on Saturday 10 November, beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets, £12 (students £6), are available from Anabel Capon on 01832 274834, by emailing and will also be available on the door.

If you enjoy singing or playing and are interested in joining the choir or orchestra, you can find out more by visiting

Contact: Jenny Robertshaw

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