LONDON ENGLISH SONG FESTIVAL
Welcome to the London English Song Festival, a charity dedicated to nurturing the legacy and widening the knowledge of English song and oratorio in London and throughout the U.K., founded by conductor and pianist William Vann.
Our 2019 project culminated in the performance of Hubert Parry’s stunning oratorio Judith for the first time in London in over a century. We subsequently created the world premiere recording of this unfairly neglected masterpiece with Chandos Records a disc that received glowing reviews in the national press, was BBC Radio 3 Record of the Week and was nominated for a 2020 Gramophone Award in the Choral category.
The 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic has put our recent plans on hold, but we will be returning in 2022 with two major projects: Vaughan Williams in Chelsea, a major festival to celebrate the 150th of one of the UK’s finest and most loved composers, and a revival of Parry’s groundbreaking choral work Prometheus, often seen as the start of the 19th century renaissance in English music. Like Judith, it has been outrageously neglected: never recorded and not performed for many decades. To find out more, get in touch with us via the contact page, and please support the work of the London English Song Festival. Details of our 2022 events will be published here later in 2021.
London English Song Festival is a registered charity, no. 1159818