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The Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall Andrew Millinger, Honorary Secretary of the Herbert Howells Society and Dr Basil Keen, archivist of The Bach Choir give us their insights I - Herbert Howells he Bach Choir’s concert on 27 November ably never know, but writing. The recording T in the Royal Festival Hall gives an opport- unity to hear the London première, and only Howells was sensitive to criticism and a not- company Naxos was already planning to the second performance, of a recently re- oriously poor promoter record The Bach Choir discovered work by Herbert Howells. The of his own works. Per- singing Hymnus Par- ballad of Sir Patrick Spens was set by Howells haps the amateur choir adisi together with in 1917 at the age of 25, and received its first and orchestra that gave several other works by performance in Armstrong College, Newcastle- the first performance in Howells, and became upon-Tyne in 1930. It then lay forgotten in 1930 found the complex very interested in the archives of the Royal College of Music. writing very difficult (it producing the Although better known these days for his still is, even to today’s première recording church music, in the early part of last century singers), and perhaps the of Sir Patrick Spens. the young Howells produced a considerable first performance was not The CD, which was released last year, was met output of choral, orchestral, instrumental and received well. Whatever the reasons, it lay with critical acclaim. Along with Sir Patrick chamber music, songs and organ music, as undiscovered for the next 75 years. Spens, the programme for 27 November also well as major choral masterpieces such as the Sir Patrick Spens might well have had only includes a rare performance of the Collegium Hymnus Paradisi of 1950. Sir Patrick Spens was one performance had it not been for its dis- Regale Te Deum in the orchestral version. his earliest attempt at a large-scale choral/ covery by Paul Spicer, one of Howells’ bio- Herbert Howells, who wrote a Stabat Mater orchestral work, and in it he pays homage to graphers, in the RCM archives. He drew it to and several shorter pieces for The Bach Choir, Vaughan Williams – there are echoes of his the attention of David Hill, Musical Director was for many years Vice-President of the Sea Symphony in the writing. of The Bach Choir, who decided that the piece Choir. ANDREW MILLINGER Why did it not receive further perform- had been unjustifiably neglected and that it ances in the composer’s lifetime? We shall prob- contained some very fine orchestral and choral Tree Top, Barbados Visit our website at www.juliansbajanhouse.com or telephone 01424 420767 Holiday in Barbados in a lovely or Barbabos three bedroom, 2 bathroom
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