West Road Concert Hall
Sat 1 October
Sampson Orchestra

Elgar & Vaughan Williams

Caprice (Petite Suite de Concert) Coleridge-Taylor
Summer Evening Delius
Cello Concerto Elgar
Symphony No.5 Vaughan Williams

Conductor: Darrell Davison
Cello: Jamal Aliev

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – Caprice de Nannette 

Coleridge Taylor was an unusual figure in the Victorian era, a mixed race composer of classical music. An outstanding pupil at RCM where he composed the work which made him famous, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, this Caprice, the opening movement of Petite Suite de Concert, is a playful waltz with a hint of Dvořák about it.

DELIUS – Summer evening

One of his earliest orchestral pieces, written 1890. Thanks to his friendship with Grieg, it has a distinctive Scandinavian timbre though, tinged with his memories of the Spiritual songs he had come to love in America, and echoes of Wagner. 

ELGAR – Cello concerto

The Great War depressed Elgar – by the time it was finished he had changed into a more restrained, autumnal figure and his cello concerto is an enigmatic work in which passages with an underlying sombre tone and others which are vibrant and so full of vitality make a marked contrast. Ernest Newman wrote of its premier “The work itself is lovely stuff, very simple – that pregnant simplicity that has come upon Elgar's music in the last couple of years – but with a profound wisdom and beauty underlying its simplicity … the realisation in tone of a fine spirit's lifelong wistful brooding upon a loveliness of earth.”

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – Symphony in D (no.5

In 1938 Vaughan Williams decided to write a symphony using some of the themes he had developed for a then-unfinished opera based on his incidental music for an amateur production of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. He conducted the premier at a Prom Concert 1943. Some say it contains the most benedictory and consoling music of our time – many listeners regarded it as a vision of peace during the dark days of war. Its serene tranquillity makes a predominant impact, but there are harmonic tensions and dissonances which suggest dark associations. Public appreciation of it was more immediate than that of perhaps any other of his works – to many it remains his greatest and most perfect single achievement distilling the essence of his musical personality


Sat 1 October at 7:30pm


150 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£18 (Concessions £16, Students £10, Under 16 £5)

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge’s premiere music venues. Ideally situated only minutes’ walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King’s College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.

COVID guidance (applicable for all Respiratory Communicable Diseases)

Updated March 2022

COVID remains prevalent in the UK and WRCH has a duty to ensure all those entering the building – including audiences, performers, volunteers, and staff – are kept safe. Whilst domestic government COVID restrictions in England have now been removed, we must all continue to take steps to minimise the transmission of COVID and other respiratory communicable diseases.

West Road is well equipped to mitigate against transmission through use of ventilation and provision of sanitiser throughout the building.

  • We ask all those visiting the building to contribute to our community’s safety by being fully vaccinated where possible and not attending if they feel unwell.
  • Although not currently mandated, the government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Sanitiser dispensers are located in the foyer and around the building. All visitors are encouraged to use these on arrival and exit.
  • The concert hall auditorium has a mechanical ventilation system providing predominantly fresh air. We recommend wearing an additional layer in cooler weather!
  • The foyer and ancillary spaces have CO2 monitors to indicate air quality and natural ventilation that users can adjust.
  • Official advice on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus is available here.

If you have any concerns about the concert hall reopening please contact us on wrch@mus.cam.ac.uk


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