Thursday 23 November 2017

Songs and Sounds

Donna Lennard
Donna Lennard
We had a terrific concert last night (22 November 2017) with soprano Donna Lennard and pianist Gavin Roberts performing an all contemporary programme at Old Paradise Yard in Waterloo, with works by Leslie Phillips, myself, Stephen McNeff, Julian Philips and Cecilia McDowall.

Donna and Gavin performed Leslie Phillips' The wind that shakes the barley (setting Katharine Tynan) and My own country (setting Hilaire Beloc), both recent works, my own He Wishes... a cycle of settings of W.B.Yeats which dates from a few years ago and which was receiving its World Premiere, Stephen McNeff's Four Theatre Songs which were written in 1982 setting poems by Edward Bond, Julian Philips' Love Songs of Amy Lowell from 2011 setting poems by Amy Lowell (1874-1925), and Cecilia McDowall's Flights of Angels, a sequence of four songs about angels settings texts by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Caroline Natzler, Sean Street and Simon Mundy.

All five composers were present, and it turned into a lively and sociable evening.

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