Friday 26 May, 19:30
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH
Paul Lewis: A Celebratory Overture (World Premiere)
William Lloyd Webber: Serenade (realised by Martin Yates) (World Premiere)
E.J.Moeran: Cello Concerto
William Alwyn: Serenade for Orchestra (World Premiere)
Frederick Delius: Two Pieces for Small Orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams (arr. Adrian Williams): A Road All Paved with Stars (World Premiere)
BBC Concert Orchestra
Martin Yates, conductor
Raphael Wallfisch, cello
Saturday 27 May 2023, 10:45
Dorchester Abbey
Frederick Delius:
Sonata no. 3 for Violin and Piano
Herbert Howells:
Sonata no. 3 for Violin and Piano
Gustav Holst: Five Pieces
John Ireland:
Sonata no. 2 in A minor
Richard Blackford: Tango
Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin
Peter Cartright, piano
Saturday 27 May 2023, 14:15
Silk Hall, Radley College, Abingdon
Walter Leigh: 
Three Roundels / Piano Sonata
Robin Milford: Diversions
Priaulx Rainier: Three Epigrams
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: 
Two Elizabethan Songs
Henry Purcell (arr. Britten): 
Celemene / The Knotting Song
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: 
Three Lyrics
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 
Silent Noon
Walter Leigh: 
Eclogue / Three Machine Dances
Doreen Carwithen:
Preludes no. 1 and 4
Walter Leigh: 
Why Have You Stolen My Delight? / June / Notturno / The Parting
Sarah Stowe, soprano
Charles Wiffen, pianoSaturday 27 May 2023, 19:00
Dorchester Abbey
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro
Herbert Howells: Requiem
George Dyson: Songs for Sailors
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: 
Miniature Dance Suite
John Ireland: The Hills
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 
Gustav Holst: Two Psalms
The Holst Orchestra
Godwine Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton, conductor
Saturday 27 May 2023, 21:30
Dorchester Abbey
Preludium; Fortune My Foe
Francis Cutting: 
Two Variations on “Greensleeves”
Dowland: The Frog GalliardMr Dowland’s Midnight
Dowland: A Fancy
Richard Story: The Guitarist’s Prayer World Premiere
Ernest Shand: The Gnomes
Nocturnal, after John Dowland
Fabio Fernandes, 
guitar, lute and theorbo
Sunday 28 May, 10:45
Silk Hall, Radley College, Abingdon
Madeleine Dring: 
Italian Song / Polka / Dance Suite
Herbert Howells:
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
York Bowen:
Sonata for Flute and Piano
Malcolm Arnold: Suite bourgeoise
Madeleine Dring:
Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano
Nicolas Vallette, flute
Marika Lombardi, oboe
Agnes Bonjean, piano
Sunday 28 May 14:15
Silk Hall, Radley College, Abingdon
J.S.Bach (arr. R. Clarke): 
He Hath Filled the Hungry
Lord Berners: Valse
George Dyson: Primrose Mount
Lord Berners: Polka
Rebecca Clarke:
Theme and Variations
Cyril Scott: First Sonata
Rebecca Clarke: Cortège
George Dyson: Six Lyrics
Simon Callaghan, pianoSunday 28 May 19:00
Dorchester Abbey
Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Montague Phillips: Hampton Court
Ernest Tomlinson: Dick’s Maggot
William Walton: Spitfire Prelude
Malcolm Arnold: 
English Dances (Set 2)
Gustav Holst:
Second Suite in F for Military Band
Arthur Sullivan /
Charles Mackerras:

Extracts from Pineapple Poll
John Ansell: Plymouth Hoe
Eric Coates: 
From Meadow to Mayfair (3rd move.)
Frederick Curzon: The Boulevardier
Elgar: Salut d’Amour
Arthur Bliss: Suite: Things to Come
Eric Coates: Knightsbridge
Guards Association Band
Tom Higgins, Director of Music
Monday 29 May 10:45
Dorchester Abbey
Frederick Delius: Four Old English Lyrics
Gerald Finzi: A Young Man’s Exhortation
Ethel Smyth: The Clown / Possession / On the Road
John Ireland: The Land of Lost Content
Daniel Norman, tenor
Sholto Kynoch, piano

All Saints’ Church, Sutton Courtenay
Traditional and original British folk
 The Moonrakers19:00
Dorchester Abbey
Arthur Bliss: Aubade
Robin Milford: Litany to the Holy Spirit
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor
Gerald Finzi: White-Flowering Days
Peter Warlock: Benedicamus Domino
Hubert Parry: I Was Glad
Alan Rawsthorne: Canzonet
Edgar Bainton: And I Saw a New Heaven
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Silence and Music
Herbert Howells: Inheritance
Robin Milford: Te Deum
John Ireland: The Hills
Edmund Rubbra: Salutation
John Gardner: Fight the Good Fight
The Strand Consort
Joseph Fort, conductor
26 – 29 May 2023 
The English Music Festival celebrates the brilliance, innovation, beauty and rich musical heritage of Britain with a strong focus on unearthing overlooked or forgotten masterpieces of the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

The sixteenth annual English Music Festival opens in Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire on 26 May and will run until the evening of 29 May 2023, with a highly anticipated visit by the BBC Concert Orchestra on opening night to perform major works by E. J. Moeran and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as World Premières by William Lloyd Webber, William Alwyn and Paul Lewis.

Please request the full Press Release

Further information is available on the website:
Tickets are on sale via the website: and by means of a postal booking form. Full Festival and Day Passes are also offered. Subject to availability, tickets for individual concerts will also be available on the door.

How to get there

A convenient EMF mini-bus transfer operates between venues and Didcot Parkway station and there is signed parking. Characterful local inns providing accommodation and refreshment are to be found in and around Dorchester-on-Thames.