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Vaughan Williams and the folksong

London English Song Festival 2015

Venue: St George's Church, Hanover Square, W1S 1FX


Vaughan Williams
Six English folksongs
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Two French folksongs
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The captain’s apprentice
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The Spanish ladies
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Linden Lea
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In the spring
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Reveillez-vous Piccarz
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L’amour de moy
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Think of me
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Four poems by Fredegond Shove
A blacksmith courted me
Sowing the seeds of love
Come my own one
The cuckoo
A brisk young sailer courted me
The Lark in the morn
The sprig of thyme
The drowned lover
Mowing the barley


Louise Kemény
Gareth John
William Vann

The opening concert of the London English Song Festival 2015 explores the world of the folksong: it was here that Vaughan Williams seemed to find himself most at home, whether travelling across the country collecting its native tunes, or back at home setting those texts in the form of something closer to art-song. We also hear the folk-song settings of George Butterworth and Cecil Sharp, both composers with whom he worked closely.

Louise Kemény is the 2014 Joaninha Trust Award winner and Gareth John won the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm on the subject of RVW and folksong by Roderick Swanston. The talk is included in the ticket price.

Part of London English Song Festival 2015

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