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Preceded at 6.45pm by a pre-concert talk given by Richard Stokes.
Ruth Jenkins (soprano), Johnny Herford (baritone), James Turnbull (oboe), William Vann (piano)
William Blake was heavily influenced by the writings of Ovid and tonight Benjamin Britten’s Songs and proverbs of William Blake, Ralph Vaughan Williams Ten Blake songs for voice and oboe and Quilter’s Blake settings are placed alongside Britten’s Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe and three of Vaughan Williams’ Studies in English folk songs.
Multiple prize-winning soprano Ruth Jenkins and acclaimed baritone Johnny Herford are joined by oboist James Turnbull, whose debut solo disc has recently been released to positive reviews.
Metamorphoses Op. 49 – Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake Op. 74 – Benjamin Britten
Proverb I: The pride of the peacock is the glory of God
London: I wander thro’ each charter’d street
Proverb II: Prisons are built with stones of Law
The Chimney-Sweeper: A little black thing among the snow
Proverb III: The bird a nest, the spider a web
A Poison Tree: I was angry with my friend
Proverb IV: Think in the morning
The Tyger: Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
Proverb V: The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction
The Fly: Little Fly
Proverb VI: The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock
Proverb VII: To see a World in a Grain of Sand
Every Night and every Morn
Studies in English folk songs – Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Three songs of William Blake Op. 20 – Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
The wild flower’s song
Metamorphoses Op. 49 – Benjamin Britten
A poison tree from The Red Cockatoo - Benjamin Britten
Ten Blake Songs – Ralph Vaughan Williams
A poison tree
The shepherd’s sweet lot
Cruelty has a human heart
The divine image
How sweet is the shepherd’s sweet lot – Arthur Somervell (1863-1937)