Romsey Choral Society gratefully acknowledges financial support for this concert from:
The White Horse Hotel, Romsey
Hampshire County Councillor Roy Perry
Test Valley Borough Council
Romsey Town Council
Romsey Extra Parish Council
7.30pm - Saturday 10 November
Brahms - Requiem
Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs
With pianists Richard Pearce and Richard McVeigh
Tickets - £18, £15 (or £12 unreserved)
Concessions for students and children 16 and under
Tickets can be obtained via choir members, or ordered online via Music in Romsey's ticketing system hosted by Ticketsource. Click here to go to the site and the click on the ticket symbol against the relevant concert. Tickets will also be on sale on the door.
If you are a choral music enthusiast, then Saturday November 10th is a date for your diary. The programme for Romsey Choral Society’s Remembrance Day Concert includes Brahms‘ German Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War One and many families across several countries will be sharing a feeling of intense loss. Music is the universal healer and the chosen works are full of spiritual intensity, tenderness and sorrow. Brahms set a text from the Lutheran Bible, rather than the more commonly used liturgical Latin. This was his first major success, prompted by the death of his mother in 1865. The texts provide comfort, helping the living to have hope and come to terms with bereavement.
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of Five Mystical Songs by the poet George Herbert starts with the Easter chorus, a season associated with new birth, and the chorus “Love bade me welcome“ reinforcing the theme of hope and reconciliation.
The gifted baritone and composer Jamie W Hall is the conductor and Richard McVeigh and Richard Pearce are the exceptionally talented accompanists. Romsey Abbey’s atmospheric building, the focus of worship for many years, offers a wonderful acoustic to allow full expression to the selection of prayers and poems chosen by the composers for their sublime works.
Romsey Abbey, Church St
Romsey SO51 8EN
For sat-nav users, the Abbey’s postcode is SO51 8EN. Romsey is well connected with the rest of England by road, rail and air. Southampton is seven miles away.
Arriving by road - From London, 80 miles away, follow the M3 to Southampton. From the Midlands, take the M40 and A34 to Winchester, which joins the M3 north of Winchester. At Junction 13, follow signs onto the M27 west-bound, joining traffic from Portsmouth and Brighton. A mile after Rownhams Services, turn off the M27 at Junction 3 and then take the third exit at the roundabout onto the M271 spur north-bound.
You should now find yourself, heading towards Romsey. At the the roundabout at the end of the motorway, take the A3057 and, two miles further on at the next roundabout, turn left onto the A27 and cross the railway bridge for the final approach to Romsey.
About a mile later, shortly after a pedestrian crossing, you will come to another roundabout. Take the first exit left and at the next roundabout – quite a small one – take the third exit.
If you are travelling from Bristol, follow the A36 through Salisbury and take the second exit at the large roundabout beyond West Wellow onto the A3090. This is also the road you need to take if travelling from travelling from Bournemouth and the South West (take the first exit towards Bristol at junction 2 of the M27 east-bound). At the first roundabout after you cross a hump-backed bridge, take the first exit left.
Parking - There are three public pay-and-display car parks in Romsey suitable for leisure visitors. Sunday visitors may park in roads near the Abbey with fewer restrictions.
For the first two, follow the road to the town centre left around a sharp corner. For the first one, take the second exit at the mini-roundabout signposted towards the bus station; the car park is on the right. For the second, take the first exit at this mini-roundabout and follow signposts very shortly afterwards to the car park in Newton Lane. To reach the Abbey on foot, follow signs to the town square and then north towards Stockbridge, turning left into Church Lane opposite the Post Office.
The third car park is closer to the Abbey, although slightly more tucked away. Follow directions towards Winchester as far as the roundabout in front of the Plaza theatre, where you need to turn left and then right into Alma Road at the traffic lights. Turn left at the next set of traffic lights and, although the road markings bear right, carry on, then turn right into the Lortemore Place car park. To reach the Abbey, head west into Abbey Walk and turn left, then cross into Church Lane, where the Abbey will be facing you.