Friday, 12 October 2012

Diamond Songs @ Colston Hall - Tonight

Tonight's recital at Bristol's Colston Hall, Diamond Songs, is organised by the English Poetry and Song Society and being given by Sarah Leonard and Stephen Varcoe, with Nigel Foster on piano. The theme of the concert is composers who were Master's of the King's (or Queen's) Music. My special interest is that the  concert also includes performances of the four finalists in the English Poetry and Song Society's Diamond Jubilee Composition Competition and my song For David on His Birthday is amongst them (You can hear the tenor version of the song on Sound Cloud). Read on for the complete programme.


The first half is a selection of songs by Master of the King's and Queen's Music starting with the 17th century. Then in second there is a selection of lighter songs, prefixed by the competition winners.

My Dearest, my fairest - Henry Purcell
 Go, rose, my Chloe’s bosom grace - Maurice Greene
Tell me lovely Shepherd William Boyce                                              
The Birds Walford Davies
Hame  Walford Davies
I heard a Piper Piping - Arnold Bax
In the Morning  Arnold Bax
Father and Daughter -arr. E.J.Moeran
Cupid’s Garden arr. E.J. Moeran
Spring  Arthur Bliss
Winter - Arthur Bilss
Pansies Edward Elgar
Speak Music  Edward Elgar

4  Song Competition winners         
The North Ship                                                                        Jolyon Laycock
Bee Dance                                                                                Janet Oates
The Fox                                                                                    Brian Daubney
For David                                                                                  Robert Hugill                 

O Waly, Waly arr. Benjamin Britten
Come you not from Newcastle? - arr. Benjamin Britten
 Another Spring Raymond Warren
Anniversary  - Raymond Warren
 The Armadillo Flanders & Swann
The Warthog Flanders & Swann
 My bed is a boat Malcolm Williamson
Song of the Nightclub Proprietress Madeleine Dring
I went to a marvellous party - Noel Coward
Waltz of my Heart Ivor Novello
Fold your wings Ivor Novello

On a separate but interesting note, Sarah Leonard is going to be awarded an Honorary Degree by Hull University for her services to contemporary music.

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