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 together the Latin Requiem texts with extracts from the Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks, editions of which have been in my family for over 70 years. Leonardo da Vinci’s words cast reflective and penetrating insights into the nature of mortality.’

The concert also includes works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams, a former President of Wimbledon Choral Society.

Roderick Williams, Singer of the Year Award in the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, is the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

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.

Kate Royal joins Roddy Williams in the Da Vinci Requiem as soprano soloist. Equally at home in the concert thall and opera house, Kate's numerous awards include the 2004 Kathleen Ferrier Award and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award.

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
Kate Royal soprano
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)

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Royal Festival Hall


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