Cobbett’s Legacy II: Towards an English Music

26 October 2014

The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL

  • Purcell, arr. Britten: Chacony in G minor
  • Britten: Fantasy String quintet in F minor
  • ArnoldVita Abundans
  • Vaughan Williams: Phantasy quintet

Tickets £12 (£10) (to include tea/coffee)  from

Composition masterclass: 2pm – 5pm

Free entry to the masterclass with a ticket to the morning concert. £3 entry for masterclass only

Walter Willson Cobbett (1847 – 1937) was a philanthropist of great importance during the so-called English Musical Renaissance. Through his sponsorship of emerging composers of the day, he helped to forge a British school of chamber composition inspired by that of the first Renaissance, from Bridge to Turnage and beyond. Cobbett’s Legacy explores the music sponsored by Cobbett – both famous and forgotten – across three concerts at The Forge.

In 1923 Cobbett’s public competition became a private prize offered at the Royal College of Music. Meanwhile, the interwar years witnessed a renewed interest in ideas of nationhood and music that constructed and celebrated it.

Cobbett’s Legacy I: In the Shadow of Brahms

Cobbett’s Legacy III: Modern Britain