George Butterworth A Shropshire Lad for baritone and piano, Frank Bridge Three Songs for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano, York Bowen Fantasy for viola & piano Op.54, Robert Hugill Winter Journey for baritone and piano, Three pieces from The Book of Common Prayer for viola and piano, Quickening for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano
Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano) James Newby (baritone) Rosalind Ventris (viola) William Vann (piano)
An evening inspired by English and Welsh poets, with Robert Hugill’s settings of Rowan Williams, and Christina Rosetti (both of which featured on ‘Quickening’, the recent disc of Robert Hugill’s music), George Butterworth’s iconic A.E. Housman cycle and Frank Bridge’s settings of Matthew Arnold and Shelley. Both Hugill’s song cycle ‘Quickening’ and Bridge’s ‘Three Songs’, combine voice, viola and piano, and complementary instrumental music is provided by York Bowen’s lyrical ‘Fantasy’ for viola & piano, and a work by Hugill which was premiered by Rosalind Ventris earlier this year.
Robert Hugill introduces the evening's programme at 5.30pm. He will also join the musicians on the stage after the performance, offering an opportunity for a short question and answer session.