Britten Sinfonia: Herbert Howells Recording Sessions
10 January 2019 - 11 January 2019  10.00
King’s Parade Cambridge CB2 1ST
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Herbert Howells Recording Sessions – King’s College, Cambridge

Christopher Seaman conductor Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Guy Johnston cello
Thomas Gould leader

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Howells Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Howells revisited the concerto throughout his life. Personal circumstances surrounding the work undoubtedly played a part in his complex relationship with it. Sketches for the first movement began in 1933 and, three years later, Howells returned to the work following the tragic death of his son from polio. It was through composing that Howells was able to confront his grief and, in turn, try to come to terms with the death of his son. There are three movements: the original opening “Fantasia”, which has remained unchanged, is followed by a “Threnody” and “Finale”, completed more recently by Christopher Palmer and Jonathan Clinch respectively.
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