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UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA, VIVA VOCE AND CORO SORELLE Jonathan Tilbrook conductor Britten Sinfonia da Requiem Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Holst The Planets The University Philharmonia will perform three of the finest and most highly-regarded orchestral works by English composers of the first half of the twentieth century in the glorious surroundings of Southwell Minster. Composed to a commission from the Japanese government in 1939, the Sinfonia da Requiem, like the more famous War Requiem, is a powerful meditation on the horror of war. Although inhabiting a totally different sound-world, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis may also have been inspired by the events of war, in this case the First World War: it was the fervent hope of Vaughan Williams that nature and beauty would triumph over death and destruction. The concert concludes with Holst's The Planets, a work which, on account of its deftly-drawn characterisation and brilliantly realised orchestral colours, has earned a special place in the hearts of concert-goers and orchestras since its first performance in 1918.