Flight (21 Nov)

History tells us that Leonardo da Vinci invented a flying machine. Legend has it that he may have actually flown it! A flight of fancy? It’s immaterial in this program – this music is for flights of our imagination. And flights can be metaphorical too: Bach knew better than most that a fugue is a flight; Paul Stanhope’s music sings of a flight into exile; John Taverner shows us that musical lines can fly too! Like Finzi’s singing spirits, they rise and soar and float better than any flying contraption yet conceived by science. Even aeronautical engineers know that, when it comes to ‘uplift’, music was there first!

Flight (20 Nov)

History tells us that Leonardo da Vinci invented a flying machine. Legend has it that he may have actually flown it! A flight of fancy? It’s immaterial in this program – this music is for flights of our imagination. And flights can be metaphorical too: Bach knew better than most that a fugue is a flight; Paul Stanhope’s music sings of a flight into exile; John Taverner shows us that musical lines can fly too! Like Finzi’s singing spirits, they rise and soar and float better than any flying contraption yet conceived by science. Even aeronautical engineers know that, when it comes to ‘uplift’, music was there first!

Test Ticket

We are drawn to light and we yearn for its transformative power. We plan our days around the rhythm of its presence and absence; we use it to symbolise our emotional well-being; it is a metaphor for our understanding; we crave its spark for renewal and warmth; and even in our funeral rites we sing of its power to bestow a peaceful eternity. This is music that carries us towards the light.