ENGLISH CHURCH MUSIC CLASSICS – Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams


Saturday 18 June 2022 at 7.30pm,

St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, St Albans AL1 4DF


St Albans Choral Society presents an evening of timeless English church music, part of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations taking place in 2022. The programme includes a selection of choral and organ pieces by Vaughan Williams and those close to him including Elgar’s ‘Great is the Lord’, Gerald Finzi’s extended Festival anthem ‘Lo the full final sacrifice’, as well as the music of their contemporaries Herbert Howells and John Ireland, ending with Vaughan Williams’s popular ‘Five Mystical Songs’ to texts by George Herbert, a XVII-century Welsh poet.  The concert supports the valuable work of Your Talk, a local mental health charity providing confidential counselling to young people in St Albans and surrounding areas. There will be a collection taking place during the concert.


Ralph Vaughan Williams – Te Deum in G

John Ireland – Greater love hath no Man

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Prelude on ‘Hyfrydol’

Herbert Howells – Like as the hart desireth the Waterbrooks

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’

Edward Elgar – Great is the Lord, Op 67

Ralph Vaughan Williams – O taste and see

Gerald Finzi – Lo, the full final Sacrifice

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Five Mystical Songs


St Albans Choral Society

Richard Harvey – organ

George Vass – conductor

William Pate – baritone


Centre Nave £19 (£3 for children and students) 

Side Aisle £15 (£3 for children and students) 

For anyone with special access needs please contact the box office – 0333 666 3366


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