Vaughan Williams’ voyage of the soul

Friday, 29th November 2019 — By Michael White

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Baritone Stephan Loges. Photo: Alexander Barnes. Below: Claire Rutter

Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony is a staple of the oratorio circuit: a big sing with high impact, and sweeping in the way it sets a visionary text by Walt Whitman that compares a voyage on the ocean with the soul’s journey to the realms of the eternal.

This Saturday it gets done by Islington Choral Society who are on a journey of their own – not quite to eternity but to Sloane Square where they perform the piece in the Arts & Crafts splendour of Holy Trinity Church.

They travel with music director Michael Waldron. And on arrival they meet up with two eminent soloists – soprano Claire Rutter and baritone Stephan Loges – whose presence alone should make it worth going to.

7.30pm, £15-£20, Saturday November 30, Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, SW1X 9BZ. 020 7730 4500,

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