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Valiant for Truth


Sat 6 Apr 2013, 3:00pm–4:30pm

Where: Christ Church, Castlemaine, 8 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine, Greater Bendigo Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: pbpmedia

The first concerts of the Australian Chamber Choir's 2013 season.

Director Douglas Lawrence and his son, tenor Jacob, heard the Vaughan Williams Valiant for Truth in Westminster Abbey last July. They were moved by the at once wistful and powerful rendering of Mr Valiant-for-Truth's final words from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and then blown away by the spine-tingling final fanfare of trumpet-like outbursts from the choir. Douglas immediately declared it a high-point of the choral repertoire and undertook to give the work pride of place in this concert.

The work is complemented by Vaughan Williams' soaring, heavenly Mass, which Douglas Lawrence regards as one of the two 'finest masses of the 20th Century alongside that of Swiss composer Frank Martin.'

Vaughan Williams' masterworks contrast with much earlier works from the golden age of English choral music, by the composers who gave him his inspiration: Thomas Tallis and his student, 'the father of English music', William Byrd as well as by Orlando Gibbons.

Valiant For Truth

William Byrd (1540–1623)
Motet for six voices: O salutaris hostia
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
Mass in G minor for double choir and soloists (1921)
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
The Lamentations of Jeremiah for men’s voices
Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)
from the Second Service Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in E flat
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Valiant for Truth (1940)