image for Music - Classical item typeThe Cloud Messenger Choir of King’s College London at St Mary's Church

Music - Classical, Thu 19 Mar 2020


Barnes Music Festival


Church Road,
SW13 9HL


Following their sold-out debut in 2019, the Choir of King’s College London returns to the Barnes Music Festival this year with a rare performance of Gustav Holst’s The Cloud Messenger, in a new chamber arrangement by conductor Joseph Fort. Holst devoted seven years to the composition of this work, which he completed at home in Barnes in 1910, as he noted on the manuscript. The immediate predecessor to The Planets, it combines a Wagnerian harmonic richness and structure with clear hints of Holst’s mystical tonal language that was to come.

The Cloud Messanger is combined with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, which the composer arranged for Christmas morning in 1870, the assembled musicians first performing it at the top of the stairs, outside his wife’s bedroom. We open the concert with another rarely- heard English treasure – The Five Mystical Songs by Holst’s great friend, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 19 Mar 2020 19:30


Tickets £15.00



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