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Saffron Walden

The Planets with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Granta Chorale's upper voices are delighted to be joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of The Planets in Saffron Hall.

The Planets with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Planets with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Time & Location

13 Apr 2024, 19:30 – 21:45

Saffron Walden, Audley End Rd, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH, UK

About The Event

Granta Chorale's upper voices are delighted to be joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of The Planets in Saffron Hall.

Everyone knows a bit of The Planets, Holst’s century-old masterpiece, whether it’s the relentless menace and war-like rhythms of Mars or that magisterial melody from Jupiter. But to hear the complete work is a revelation - an epic journey to the outer reaches of the solar system in what the composer over-modestly described as ‘a series of mood pictures’.

From Venus’ serenity and the quicksilver messenger Mercury to the noble processional of Uranus the Magician, Holst does indeed instantly capture a mood with thrillingly original music, using his gigantic orchestra to wonderful effect. Dvořák’s beloved concerto is more earth-bound, inflected with the modes and rhythms of the music of his homeland, but in its elegiac slow movement and radiant apotheosis it seems to cast its gaze toward the stars.

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