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BRITTEN Canticle I: My beloved is mine Op.40
BRITTEN Winter Words: Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy Op.52
BRITTEN Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain - the Raids, 1940,
Night and Dawn Op.55
BUTTERWORTH With rue my heart is laden
JAMES MACMILLAN The Children
IRELAND The Cost
E J MOERAN Twilight
BRIDGE Journey’s End
FINZI Fear no more the heat o’ the sun Op.18 No.3
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS On Wenlock Edge
We are delighted to welcome internationally renowned tenor John Mark Ainsley in a recital featuring pieces with horn, string quartet and piano. Few singers can match his combination of intensity and sheer beauty of tone, while his performances of music by Britten have attracted worldwide acclaim.
Here John Mark performs three songs by Britten, whose centenary we celebrate this year, alongside pieces by fellow British composers, including Vaughan Williams’s great song cycle On Wenlock Edge. Its unusual scoring for tenor, piano and string quartet is used to evoke vivid imagery from its text, A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad. It is in this piece that Vaughan Williams truly found his individual voice, and it is an outstanding contribution to English song.
Pre-concert Talk, 6.45pm: Dr. Lucy Walker, Director of Learning and Development at the Britten-Pears Foundation, discusses Britten’s attraction to particular texts and poets, with specific reference to pieces performed in tonight’s concert.
Post-concert Q&A: A chance to ask John Mark Ainsley your questions.
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We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to comment on the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing. Here are some of their comments about this concert:
“Finzi is one of the greatest English song writers and should be heard and discovered by those who do not yet know his music. Such fine music awaits you.”
“Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge - not heard nearly as often as it deserves. This piece remains fresh, inventive and emotionally searing.”
“As a child I grew up with Britten's music and always thought it wonderful and modern. Later I came to sing in many of his works and was always deeply moved. It will be wonderful to celebrate him this year and hear so much of his music.”
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