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Philharmonia Orchestra: Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress

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Two special semi-staged performances of The Pilgrim's Progress to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’ death. Read More >

The last of Vaughan Williams’ operas and a labour of love for the composer for forty years, The Pilgrim’s Progress is today regarded as one of his finest works, brimming with expressive musical ideas. It tells of a pilgrim's journey to the Celestial City. He battles with The Devil, visits Vanity Fair, gets imprisoned and finds a pastoral idyll in the Delectable Mountains. The music is occasionally scary, at other times witty, but the overarching impression is one of visionary beauty and nobility. The opera exhibits all of Vaughan Williams’ range, from the Tallis Fantasia through the Pastoral Symphony, and a lifetime devoted to setting the greatest English poetry.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 20/06/2008

Closing Night: 22/06/2008

Running time: 2hrs 45min

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Cast & Creative


Roderick Williams, Neal Davies, Matthew Rose, Richard Coxon, Matthew Brook, Timothy Robinson, Sarah Fox, Sarah Tynan, Pamela Helen Stephen, James Gilchrist, Robert Hayward and Graeme Danby.


Conductor - Richard Hickox

Author - Vaughan Williams

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