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World premiere for Holst choral work in his home town

Where: Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham GL52 3JE

When: Saturday, November 23, 7.30pm

A world premiere of a choral work by Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst is being performed by Charlton Kings Choral Society at Pittville Pump Room on Saturday, November 23.

It will be the first time Clear and Cool has ever been performed with a full orchestra

Choral society spokeswoman Susan Crownshaw said: "Although Holst produced a full orchestral score for the work it has only been performed once before with piano accompaniment in 1897.

"The full orchestral version was never performed and so this performance will be its world premiere! The text is from Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies published in 1863.

"Over the last few years, our conductor, John Wright, has been transcribing and editing some of Holst's early manuscripts in the Holst Birthplace Museum here in Cheltenham. Amongst these is Clear and Cool."

The evening will also include a performance of Mozart's Requiem, one of the great choral masterpieces. Orchestral music by Holst (A Fugal Overture; Two Songs without Words; and St Paul's Suite) complete the programme.

The choir will be joined by four soloists, Hannah Davey (soprano), Serena Kay (mezzo soprano), Edward Rimmer (tenor) and Nicholas Perfect (bass), along with the Regency Sinfonia.

Tickets are £15 (under 25s in full-time education £10)and available from the Charlton Kings Choral Society website or the Cheltenham Town Hall box office and website.

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