classical music

Songs to the Moon

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

London Orchestra da Camera, Crouch End Festival Chorus and two solo vocalists celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, one year on.

Contemplate the beauty and mystery of the moon in a selection of lunar-themed music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona nobis pacem includes lines of poetry by 19th-century American poet Walt Whitman. Whitman was captivated by the moon, tides and the sea.

Judith Weir’s magical piece Moon and Star is a setting of words by Whitman’s contemporary, the highly original poet Emily Dickinson.

Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music begins with Shakespeare’s words ‘How sweet the moonlight...’ from the play The Merchant of Venice.

Completing the concert is the soprano aria Song to the Moon from Dvorák’s fairy tale opera Rusalka.


London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple conductor
Erica Eloff soprano
Gareth Brynmor John baritone
Crouch End Festival Chorus


Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Judith Weir: Moon and Star
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Dvořák: Song to the Moon from Rusalka

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 100 mins
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    • Sun 18 October 2020
      • 7:30 pm


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £28
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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