Monday 3 January 2022 1:00PM

Elizabeth Watts soprano; Julius Drake piano

Imogen & Gustav Holst


This concert was live-streamed as part of the Spring 2022 Series. The video is no longer online but other concerts are available to watch in full here: Wigmore Hall Concert Video Library

Download the PDF programme and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.


  • Elizabeth Watts soprano
  • Julius Drake piano

The leading soprano and her collaborative pianist partner focus on two composers -- father and daughter -- with the accent on the latter, whose realisations of works by Baroque predecessors complement her own compositions and some folksong arrangements made in 1938 but previously unperformed.

  • Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
      • Calm is the morn Op. 16 No. 1
      • Persephone Op. 48 No. 1
      • Betelgeuse Op. 48 No. 12
      • The heart worships
      • The Floral Bandit Op. 48 No. 6
  • Imogen Holst (1907-1984)
      • Weathers
      • 4 Songs from Tottel's Miscellany
        • Shall I thus ever long
        • As lawrell leaves
      • 10 Appalachian Folk Songs
        • My dearest dear (world première)
        • The brisk young lover (world première)
        • I must and I will get married (world première)
  • Gustav Holst
      • Hymns from the Rig Veda Op. 24
  • Encore
  • Henry Carey (1687-1743)
      • The beau’s lament for the loss of Farinelli
        • (arranged by Imogen Holst)

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