Matthew Long [photo Ria Mishaal]

Matthew Long & Peter Seymour
English Song Day

Saturday 16 February 2019 at 7.00PM
National Centre for Early Music

Matthew Long tenor

Peter Seymour piano

Finzi     Oh Fair to See

Butterworth     Six songs from A Shropshire Lad

Quilter     Go Lovely Rose

Holst      The Thought

Vaughan Williams      Silent Noon; Tired; Orpheus with his lute

Thomas Dunhill      The Cloths of Heaven

And arrangements of British folk songs

In the final concert of the English Song Day, tenor Matthew Long focusses on the English folk song and songs inspired by traditional music. George Butterworth was instrumental in the English folk song revival, a thread that continued to Benjamin Britten and beyond. His settings from A Shropshire Lad are a very significant part of a small surviving output; he destroyed many manuscripts before leaving for the Western Front, a trip from which he would not return. The final song in Finzi’s Oh Fair to See was his last completed music; it has been described as ‘a beautiful and perfect final love letter to [his wife] Joy, to his art, and to life itself’.

Tickets: £16; concessions £14; students £5
Day tickets: £39; concessions £34; students £9

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