Puccini Messa Di Gloria : Elgar Cello Concerto

Elgar's masterpiece closes the 2024 Festival

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Sunday 12 May 2024, 7.30pm St. Dunstan's Church, High Street, Mayfield £35, £17.50, £10 (Free - age 25 and under) Book now

We are delighted to welcome back to Mayfield Cellist Edvard Pogossian who was the overall winner of the 2022 Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition.

Puccini’s Messa di Gloria was a graduation exercise, although you’d never know it. Even in his early 20s, Puccini was crafting tunes and creating drama as he later would as a mature opera composer. Elgar, by contrast, never wrote an opera: he didn’t need to. He spent 20 years thinking about his Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, which was his dramatic masterpiece.

Mayfield Festival Choir
Schola Cantorum of Mayfield School
The Ripieno Players

Ross Fettes – Bass Baritone

Francis Melville – Tenor

Edvard Pogossian – Cello

Jeremy Summerly – Conductor


The Mayfield Festival Choir gratefully acknowledges the financial support given by the Josephine Baker Trust for soloists Francis Melville and Ross Fettes in this concert. 


This concert is dedicated to the memory of Antonia Beary, whose focused and fervent belief in the potential of her staff and pupils was visceral and visible to all. Above everything, Antonia believed in the power of the arts to transform lives, and particularly the lives of the young. Antonia would have been enormously and justifiably proud of the part that her girls will play in this concert, and she would be the first to acknowledge the vital role that music and singing play in the educational and spiritual welfare of the school.


This concert is kindly sponsored by Mr and Mrs Simon and Caroline Tindall