The Arts Society Harpenden Area

Gustav Holst, “The Planets” and Beyond

Lecturer: Roger Askew

Thursday 19th September 2024 at 10.30am

This lecture is in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the birth in 1874 of Gustav Holst. “The Planets” by Gustav Holst is one of the most popular and most recorded work in English music. Yet, apart from the tunes for the hymn “I Vow to Thee, My Country” and the carol “In the Bleak Midwinter”, most of Holst’s other music is neglected, unjustly so. This lecture will examine Holst’s life, the creation of “The Planets” and will explore many of his other works. It will be a surprising and revealing lecture, which is richly illustrated with musical example.

All the lectures start at 10.30am promptly and last for an hour. Free tea and coffee is available from 10am prior to the start of the lecture.

Annual membership will be £45 during 24/25. The guest fee will be £8 per lecture.

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