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THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 Kieran O’Riordan, conductors Neal Osgood Matthew Smith Jenny Hurley ENGLISH CONNECTIONS Gordon Jacob - William Byrd Suite (excerpts) Gustav Holst - Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo Op. 52 Martin Ellerby - Prelude to Hampstead Heath Gustav Holst - Second Suite in F Nigel Hess - New London Pictures Nigel Hess - Thames Journey In this concert we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the death of Gustav Holst with three of his finest works for band: the hugely influential Second Suite in F, and the extraordinary Hammersmith, in which the slow majesty of the Thames and the bustle of London life are beautifully juxtaposed. In his William Byrd Suite, Gordon Jacob combined the mastery of Byrd’s keyboard writing with the broad palette of band sonorities to create a work of celebratory grandeur. Two linked portraits complete the programme: Nigel Hess’s Thames Journey captures the many moods of the great river while his New London Pictures is a celebration of the landmarks of modern London.