Tuesday 18 May 2010

Rutland Boughton

This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Rutland Boughton. Unlike 2008, which saw an immense resurgence in performances of music by RVW as a result of the 50th anniversary of his death, the response to the Boughton anniversary has been more muted.

The Rutland Boughton Music Trust are organising a number of events, mainly related to song, chamber music and orchestral pieces. But Boughton was a notable opera composer and it is his operas which seem to be missing from the schedules this year. Why no performance of The Immortal Hour at the Proms?

The good news is that there are tentative plans to produce a commercial recording of The Queen of Cornwall, based on a play by Thomas Hardy

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