Thaxted Festival: Brandenburg Strings

  • Thaxted Parish Church Thaxted, Essex CM6 2PH UK

Holst, Vaughan Williams, Bach and Dvorak - what a feast of beautiful music for the Brandenburg Strings to perform in the magical acoustic of Thaxted Church.

  • Holst St Paul's Suite
  • Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
  • JS Bach Double Violin Concerto
  • Holst Phantasy on British Folk Songs (arr. I Holst)
  • Dvorak Serenade for Strings

Ticket prices and booking link below.

Don't forget to head to Thaxted early and enjoy one of the informal gigs around the village before the concert starts.

This concert is in association with Orchestras Live.


Out and about in Thaxted before a gig!

Out and about in Thaxted before a gig!

About the music:

St Paul’s Suite is the most famous of the many works Holst wrote for his pupils at St. Paul’s Girls’ School; what inspiring teaching those girls must have had and how they must have enjoyed their visits to Thaxted!

Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia is likewise one of his most popular works, valued for its ‘grave beauty’, depth of feeling and Englishness.

Holst loved Bach’s music and as a boy learned the violin; the Double Violin Concerto acknowledges both influences. Holst’s short Phantasy, in his daughter Imogen’s arrangement for string orchestra, demonstrates her own skills as a musician.

Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings was inspired by his own folk music, three decades before Vaughan Williams started collecting in Essex.

The Brandenburg Strings have often found ways of using the magical acoustic and spatial diversity of Thaxted Church to enhance already beautiful music. Look out for these qualities in the Tallis Fantasia, which is scored to maximise antiphonal effects.


Booking tickets:

Tickets are £28, £23, £18 book online here, call 01371 831421 or pop into the Festival Office, 10 Watling Street, Thaxted, Essex CM6 2PE, between 9.30 & 12.30, Monday to Friday..