Friday 28 June, 7.30pm
Image © Alex Moldovan
ASCEND: Holst and Vaughan Williams re-imagined. Virtuoso percussionist Delia Stevens and melodion/harmonica player Will Pound join to celebrate Holst and Vaughan Williams in the folk idiom which was so dear to both composers.
Award-winning virtuoso percussionist Delia Stevens, together with BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year nominee Will Pound, combine to create a completely new world of sound woven by their modern instruments (percussion) and traditional instruments (melodeon and harmonica) around the compositions of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Delia Stevens is an Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music, and is double winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Award. Will Pound has worked across genres with artists including Dame Evelyn Glennie and Robbie Williams, and has appeared many times on radio and TV. During 2024 they are collaborating with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music, together with the youth-led global climate activism organisation Force for nature, to launch The Silent Planet, celebrating Holst’s music in the context of his vision of The Planets.
Delia and Will’s performance will be a fitting 150th anniversary tribute to Gustav Holst, who so valued the folk music tradition, together with his close friend and musical advocate Ralph Vaughan Williams. It will include Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and movements from The Planets, together with Delia and Will’s own composition Earth – the Silent Planet.
‘…percussion from Delia Stevens, whose thoughtful, insistent playing is crucial’ The Guardian
‘Will Pound is a master of the mouth harp’ UNCUT Magazine
Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £26*, £22, £16, £12, £10. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.