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Wilton Church hosts World Premiere

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Mar, 2020 05:50 PM

The beautiful Italianate church in Wilton will be providing the perfect setting for a programme of string quartets for Palm Sunday, offering a musical meditation for the start of Holy Week.

The Villiers Quartet will be giving an afternoon performance on Sunday 5th April at 4pm.

Hailed as one of the most charismatic and adventurous string quartets on the British chamber music scene, the Villiers Quartet has developed an international reputation as exceptional interpreters of English composers.

In the programme, they give the first complete concert performance of Ailsa Dixon’s 'Variations on Love Divine' alongside Haydn’s intensely moving musical rendition of 'Christ’s Seven Last Words from the Cross'.

Woven around John Stainer’s familiar hymn 'Love Divine, all loves excelling', the Variations offer a musical exploration of the meanings of divine love in a series of scenes from the incarnation to the ascension and a culminating vision of heavenly joy.

This spiritual journey takes us through a sound-world that is by turns mysterious, lyrical, dramatic, poignant, and finally exultant in the Song of Praise and the Dance of Joy.

Tea and cake will be served after the concert.

Tickets in advance, priced £17.50, from the Valley News Offices in Wilton, or £20 on the door.

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