Gustav Holst – 150th Anniversary

Gustav Holst - 150th Anniversary

This richly illustrated talk by Roger Askew is in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the birth in 1874 of Gustav Holst. “The Planets”, his most famous work, is one of the most popular and most recorded work of all time. Yet, apart from the tunes for the hymn “I Vow to Thee, My Country” and the carol “In the Bleak Midwinter”, most of Holst’s other music is neglected, unjustly so. Holst was an unconventional man. He spent most of his working life as Director of Music in a girls’ school, but he embraced Hindu philosophy and taught himself Sanskrit. He believed that music should be available for everyone and was appointed Director of Music in Morley College, an institution set up for the educational benefit of working men and women.
This talk will examine Holst’s life, the background to “The Planets” and will explore many of his other works, including his choral masterpiece “The Hymn of Jesus” and the settings of the Rig Veda, some of the most important Hindu texts for which he provided his own translations.
Roger Askew was a chorister at Wells Cathedral School and a choral scholar at Magdalen College,
Oxford, where he graduated with an honours degree in English. He combined a teaching career with professional singing in London, and after obtaining a further degree in Music became Director of Music at Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College in Edinburgh.
After retiring in 2003 he returned to the south of England. He is President Emeritus of The Stoke Poges Society.

Tickets will be available to purchase in July.

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  • Date : 1 October 2024
  • Time : 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (UTC+0)
  • Reg. Deadline : 1 October 2024 12:00 PM
  • Venue : Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End SL8 5SX

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