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City of London Sinfonia

Conquering the Antarctic


Vaughan Williams
Extracts from Scott of the Antarctic
Cecilia McDowell
Seventy Degrees Below Zero (London premiere)
Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 7, ‘Sinfonia Antartica’


Hugh Bonneville
Katherine Watson
Robert Murray
Stephen Layton
Holst Singers

This landmark concert tour retraces the steps of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole in music, images and words. Excerpts from Vaughan Williams’s film score Scott of the Antarctic are interwoven with readings from Scott’s diary, along with the world premiere of Cecilia McDowell’s new piece setting music to words by poet Seán Street, who uses as his inspiration entries in the Scott journals.

In partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute.
Supported by Arts Council England, Colwinston Charitable Trust, The RVW Trust, The Richard Hickox Fund for New Music, The Summerfield Charitable Trust and Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.
Part of the London 2012 Festival.
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