Classical music

Cecilia McDowall & Vaughan Williams

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear multi-award winner Cecilia McDowall’s largest scale choral work to date, The Da Vinci Requiem, composed to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci.

In her own words, McDowall says: ‘I have brought my chosen Latin texts for this Requiem together with extracts from the Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks, editions of which have been in my family for over 70 years. Leonardo da Vinci’s extraordinary philosophical writings cast reflective and penetrating insights into the nature of mortality and all that it encompasses.’

The concert also includes the music of Ravel and Vaughan Williams. Martin James Bartlett, winner of the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year, is the soloist in Ravel’s jazz-inflected masterpiece, the Piano Concerto in G major.

Roderick Williams is the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, an ecstatic setting of the poetry of 17th-century visionary George Herbert. Vaughan Williams is a former President of the Wimbledon Choral Society. Roderick Williams won the Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to music in June 2017.

The Wimbledon Choral Society and soloists are accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Neil Ferris.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Neil Ferris conductor
Martin James Bartlett piano
soprano to be announced
Roderick Williams baritone
Wimbledon Choral Society


Vaughan Williams: 5 Mystical Songs for baritone, chorus & orchestra
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Cecilia McDowall: Da Vinci Requiem (World premiere)

Dates & times

7 May 2019
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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