Centenary performances of Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending

Which orchestras are performing Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending for its 100th anniversary? We round up some of the top performances across the UK which you can attend in person or online

Centenary performances of Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending
Published: November 23, 2020 at 11:30 am
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English Sinfonia at St John's Smith Square

Janice Graham – leader and artistic director of the English Sinfonia – will perform a violin-and-piano arrangement of Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, with the ensemble's new principal conductor Chris Hopkins on the piano.


Musicians from the English Sinfonia will join for a series of chamber works by Bax, Bridge, Coleridge-Taylor and Holst. The concert will take place at St John's Smith Square on 15 December, 100 years to the day since the work's first public performance.

This concert will be available to attend in person and online. Tickets available here. The digital recording will be available to watch on demand on the St John's Smith Square digital platform from January 2021.

Jennifer Pike and the Bristol Ensemble at Shirehampton Public Hall

To celebrate the centenary of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, Bristol Beacon – the venue previously named Colston Hall, before it changed its name earlier this year – will host an online livestreamed performance of the work from Bristol’s Shirehampton Public Hall, where it was first performed exactly 100 years ago to the day.

Violinist Jennifer Pike will join the Bristol Ensemble and the Exultate Singers for this anniversary concert, in which The Lark Ascending will be performed alongside Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins and Parry’s Jerusalem.


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