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Choral music for Summer Journeys

7.30 pm June 30th St. Alkmund's Church Shrewsbury

Bob Chilcott: The Voyage

A winning collaboration between Bob Chilcott and author Charles Bennett, this work was commissioned by Age UK Oxfordshire as part of a project to highlight and combat loneliness. The singers assume the role of narrator, guiding the listener on a journey made by boat, with nine choral songs presenting their own stories within this larger excursion. The outer movements provide a watery framework with rippling figures and gentle choral waves. An air of nostalgia pervades 'My father's boat' and 'What we did on our holiday', while the central songs use naval and meteorological imagery to speak of some of life's difficulties.

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford: Songs of the Fleet

This is a companion cycle of five songs to poems by Newbolt. It was premiered at Leeds in 1910, and was published by Stanford as his Op. 117.

Michael Head: The Ships of Arcady

One of Michael Head's best known song cycles are Over the Rim of the Moon (1918–19). It contains probably his most famous song, "The Ships of Arcady". All the texts in this song cycle were by the Irish war poet Francis Ledwidge, who was killed in action during World War I on 31 July 1917.


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