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BCS - Alan Tongue
BCS Next Concert

Alan
Tongue

Alan Tongue, Guest Conductor

Alan Tongue joined Bath Choral Society as Guest Conductor for the first performance outside London of Vaughan Williams A Cambridge Mass, which took place in Bath Abbey on Saturday 22nd October 2011.

Alan is known to many in Bath because he was born in the city and went to Kingswood School, where his teacher, John Sykes, was a composition student of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music. He realised the significance of the Vaughan Williams Mass of 1899 when he came across it in Cambridge University Library and has since transcribed the work for publication, and prepared it for performance. It received its world premiere under his baton in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, with the Bach Choir and New Queen's Hall Orchestra. As a teenager, Alan Tongue heard Vaughan Williams conduct in Bath Abbey, and it was this experience that prompted him to suggest the collaboration with Bath Choral Society over A Cambridge Mass.

July 2016


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