BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL CHORAL SOCIETY Established c.1843

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					                                                                  President:
                             BIRMINGHAM                           THE LORD MAYOR OF BIRMINGHAM
                                                                  Vice Presidents:
                             FESTIVAL                             JACK KERR
                                                                  MOLLIE MARTINEAU
                             CHORAL                               Patrons:
                                                                  JOHN JOUBERT

                             SOCIETY                              ELIS PEHKONEN
                                                                  Conductor and Music Director:
                             Established c.1843                   PATRICK LARLEY
                                                                  Registered Charity No. 510847
                             www.bfcs.org.uk


Contact Averil Green averilterry@yahoo.co.uk, 0121 354 8705


                         Home from the Sea
                    Saturday March 31st 2012, 7.30pm
                   Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham B3 3HG
                            Conductor Patrick Larley
                 BFCS Chorus and Orchestra, Nigel Stubbs: Leader
                         Jeremy Huw Williams: Baritone

                    Elis Pehkonen: Home from the Sea
                   Herbert Howells: A Hymn to St Cecilia
        Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, An Oxford Elegy

Birmingham Festival Choral Society are privileged to be performing Home from the Sea
composed by their Patron Elis Pehkonen. This will be only the second performance of his
new work, which is a set of six portraits of Robert Louis Stevenson, for baritone soloist,
chorus, horn, timpani and string orchestra. The music includes settings of Stevenson’s two
best known poems: Requiem and Over the Sea to Skye. This is a concise and dramatic work
celebrating the life of a wonderful writer.
Elis Pehkonen was born in Norfolk, of Finnish extraction. He began composing at the age of
twelve and at eighteen won a Composition Scholarship to the Royal College of Music,
London, where he studied with Benjamin Britten, Lennox Berkeley, Richard Rodney Bennet
and Anthony Payne. His most well-known work is The Russian Requiem, commissioned by
BFCS and now performed by many choral societies throughout the UK and abroad.

The concert also includes Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs with baritone soloist
Jeremy Huw Williams, An Oxford Elegy, narrator, Gillian Larley and Herbert Howell’s A Hymn
to St Cecilia and Elegy for Viola Solo.

Tickets £12 (concessions £10/ £5)
Available in advance from: Alistair Main
email: mainalistair@yahoo.co.uk
Or on the door

				
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