About The Age of Aspiration

Credit: James Hall © Andrew Staples

James Hall countertenor
Dominic Sedgwick baritone
Samuel West narrator*
Worcester Cathedral Choristers
Three Choirs Festival Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Samuel Hudson conductor

Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs 20'
Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 18'
Graham Fitkin
The Age of Aspiration 38'

The Three Choirs Festival Voices open their debut concert with Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, a setting of George Herbert’s poems which showcases both the baritone soloist and the full might of the choir. Premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in 1910, Gloucester Cathedral is once again filled with the glorious sounds of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. The first Industrial Revolution is then brought to life in Graham Fitkin’s The Age of Aspiration, a musical exploration of the Cornish chemist Humphrey Davy’s work, and the philosophy and culture of the time. Featuring acclaimed actor Samuel West* and countertenor James Hall, who bring Davy’s story to life.

*Professional engagements permitting

Three Choirs Festival Voices supported by donations to the Big Give 2022
Supported by The Friends of Gloucester Three Choirs Festival
Narrator supported by Joanna Brickell