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Preceded at 3pm by a two hour “bring a song” session for amateur singers.
Kate Symonds-Joy (mezzo-soprano), Rupert Charlesworth (tenor), Gareth John (baritone), William Vann (piano)
“Children are, in short, visionaries.” Tonight’s recital explores de la Mare’s fascination with the concept of the unfettered imagination of child. His wide-ranging influence on English song composers includes a youthful Benjamin Britten and his Tit for tat, cycles by Lennox Berkeley and Arthur Bliss and Howells’s masterful Peacock Pie as well as songs by Armstrong Gibbs, Gurney (including an unpublished song, The ghost) and Robin Holloway.
Kate Symonds-Joy and Rupert Charlesworth, both critically acclaimed young singers, return to the festival after stunning performances in the 2011 season and are joined by Gareth John, currently studying on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music.
Three Romantic Songs – Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
Silver – Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960)
Ann’s cradle song
The beggar’s song
The mad prince
The scribe – Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
Bread and cherries
Tit for tat – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
A song of enchantement
Tit for tat
Five Songs – Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989)
The song of the soldiers
King David – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Peacock Pie (first group) – Herbert Howells
Fare well – Robin Holloway (1943-)
Old Abram Brown – Benjamin Britten