Looking West

  • 7pm
Countryside landscape


About this event:

Classical Music | Drama
Event type:
Booking required | In-person
£17.50 (£5 concessions)
Milton Court Concert Hall

Event information

Looking West, a concert-theatre work created by Guildhall School Head of Composition, Professor Julian Philips and librettist Rebecca Hurst, was commissioned jointly by the Nova Music Trust and the Presteigne Festival to mark the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth. It receives its London premiere on the date of Vaughan Williams’ birthday. 

The work interweaves three voices: Celtic Saint Bega travelling across the Irish Sea in search of sanctuary in Cumbria, the Cumbrian artist Winifred Nicholson who painted unforgettable pictures of St Bee’s Head, and a contemporary Pilgrim, making his way across country, guiding the audience on a shared journey. Join us for a work that takes key themes from the life and work of Vaughan Williams – especially the spiritual enrichment found in the natural world and the transformative power of music and art – and asks what they mean today. 

Looking West was supported with generous funding from the RVW Trust and the John S Cohen Foundation. 

Programme & performers

Venue information

Milton Court, based across the road from our Silk Street building, provides the School with world-class performance and training spaces, including a state of the art concert hall, a lyric theatre, a studio theatre and several major rehearsal rooms.

Milton Court, 1 Milton Street, London, EC2Y 9BH