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Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony


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Martyn Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus join forces to perform Vaughan Williams’s mighty Sea Symphony and to celebrate the 90th birthday of Scottish composer Thea Musgrave.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins | Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell | Chorus Director

Elizabeth Watts | Soprano
Christopher Maltman | Baritone

Thea Musgrave | Turbulent Landscapes (Scottish premiere)
Vaughan Williams | A Sea Symphony

Vaughan Williams’s epic paean to the power and spirituality of the sea brings together a huge ensemble for one of his most opulent, captivating creations. Setting mystical verse by Walt Whitman, it’s both a celebration of the might of the ocean, and a mystical glimpse into the infinite.

Here we also celebrate the 90th birthday of one of Scotland’s most internationally renowned composers, Thea Musgrave, with her remarkable Turbulent Landscapes, a powerful musical journey through six vivid land and seascapes by J. M. W. Turner.

Supported by
Geoff and Mary Ball

With additional support from
The John S Cohen Foundation
The University of Edinburgh


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