The early twentieth century was a golden age for English music.
Many of the composers of the period were changed profoundly by their experiences in the First World War, but the poetry they chose to set to music is far removed from the battlefields of Flanders
It focuses instead on the need for fidelity in love, against a background of the peaceable English landscape: its fields and flowers, its trees and hedgerows, brooks and hills, at dusk, silvered by moonlight, on cloudless summer days and in winter’s clutch.
Songs by Britten, Butterworth, Finzi, Head, Quilter and Vaughan Williams.
Readings from Hardy, Housman, Shakespeare and Shelley.
Performed by David Podd (Piano), Edmund White (Clarinet), Adrienne Walters (Soprano), Peter Martin (Tenor), Peter Burtt Jones (Baritone), with readers Janet Podd and Alison Wright.
Come and experience this wonderful selection of words and music in the beautiful surroundings of St Paul’s Walden Bury, celebrated Grade I listed landscape garden and childhood home of the Queen Mother. Tour the gardens from an hour before the performance. SG4 8BP, 5 miles south of Hitchin on the B651. More information about the Bury at www.stpaulswaldenbury.co.uk.
Tickets £25, including wine and canapes. All proceeds to Tilehouse Counselling.