George Clark & Nicky Losseff
English Song Day

Saturday 16 February 2019 at 12.30PM
National Centre for Early Music

George Clark baritone

Nicky Losseff piano

Parry     English Lyrics

Gurney     Five Elizabethan Songs

Finzi     To a Poet

Howells     King David;  The Old Soldier

Oh Fair to See, our English Song Day, celebrates the music of some of our best-loved composers and the poets whose words they set.  In this first concert, recent York graduate George Clark focuses on the relationship between composers and poets in the mid-20th century.  The programme follows the development of English song up to mid-twentieth century, beginning with Parry's patriotic English Lyrics that developed an identity for English art song, standing on its own against the popularity of German Lieder. The poems set by Finzi are all English, dating back to 17th century Cavalier poetry,  through to one written by a friend. Gurney then picked up the baton in 1914 with his revolutionary Five Elizabethan Songs, that took the genre to new possibilities, paving the way for composers like Finzi and Howells. To a Poet was compiled after Finzi's death. The songs span the whole length of his life and profoundly display his compositional style and his masterful ability in painting poetry. Howells wrote songs for pleasure, with many not published and rarely performed.  These two examples, both settings of Walter de la Mare, demonstrate his under-appreciated brilliance.

Tickets: £14; concessions £12; students £3
Day tickets: £39; concessions £34; students £9

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