Tudor Portraits

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Tudor Portraits

Performance Dates & Times

Music transports us to other times and places. Journey to the Elizabethan era with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Symphony Chorus and works inspired by a golden age of English art.

Thomas Tallis and Thomas Tomkins created a unique style of choral music: expressive, dramatic and intimate. A great English composer of a later generation rediscovered their music and was profoundly transformed: Ralph Vaughan Williams paid tribute to his forebear in his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis and invoked the spirit of Shakespeare in his gorgeous Serenade to Music, but it is the Five Tudor Portraits that are Vaughan Williams’ most extended love letter to Merrie Olde England.

This suite of earthy and rowdy pictures of life in the 16th century portrays good-time girl Elinor Rumming, the hard-to-get Pretty Bess and a delicate requiem to a pet sparrow among much else. Teeming with humanity and humour, Five Tudor Portraits is deservedly one of Vaughan Williams’ most beloved works and a showpiece for a spirited, brilliant choir.


Tallis Why fumeth in sight
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Tomkins O Praise the Lord, All Ye Heathen
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Vaughan Williams Five Tudor Portraits


Morgan Balfour soprano
Bronwyn Douglass alto
Evan Kirby tenor
Jarvis Dams baritone
Symphony Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Brett Weymark conductor

Duration: approximately 2 hours, including interval

Ticket Info


Standard $109
Concession $98

A Reserve

Standard $89
Concession $80

B Reserve

Standard $69
Concession $62

C Reserve

Standard $49
Concession $44

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are accurate at time of publication

Performance Dates & Times

Thursday 24 August, 2017
City Recital Hall

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Sunday 27 August, 2017
City Recital Hall

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