The Last Summer

Elgar, Butterworth & Britten

  • Sun, 26 Jun 2016, 8:00 pm

Bolton Abbey Priory Church

Elgar Introduction and Allegro
Elgar Sospiri
Butterworth Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (arranged for string orchestra by Ben Crick)
Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Philip Wilcox baritone
Nicholas Hurndall-Smith tenor
Dave Tollington horn
Kathryn Pogson narrator

Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor

As part of this year's Grassington Festival, we present an evening of music and poetry marking the anniversary of the Great War in the beautiful surroundings of Bolton Abbey.

Cataclysmic events can change the world and no event has reached further than the First World War. Its long shadow was felt in all aspects of life and music was far from immune to its touch.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and this concert will trace the development of English music from the confident Edwardian swagger of Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, to the anthem to doomed youth that is George Butterworth’s setting of six songs from AE Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.

George Butterworth was killed on the Somme and to mark this anniversary this performance will feature the premiere of Ben Crick’s new arrangement of his work for baritone and string orchestra.

The evening will be interspersed by readings from Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon and finish with the pacifist Benjamin Britten’s elegiac Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

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