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The Last Summer
Sunday 26th June 2016 8.00pm @ Priory Church, Bolton Abbey
Nicholas Hurndall-Smith tenor
Philip Wilcox baritone
Dave Tollington horn
Kathryn Pogson narrator
Skipton Building Society Camerata
Ben Crick conductor
In the beautiful surroundings of Bolton Abbey, British tenor Nicholas Hurndall-Smith and baritone Philip Wilcox headline an evening of music and poetry marking the anniversary of the Great War.
‘When the sun of war rises, it can never set in the same place’ Sophocles
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.
Tickets for this concert are sold by Grassington Festival.