Vaughan Williams The Vagabond
Ireland Sea Fever, When lights go rolling round the sky, The Soldier, April – piano solo
Butterworth On the idle hill of summer, The lads in their hundred
Gurney In Flanders, The fields are full, I will go with my father a-ploughing
Armstrong Gibbs A Song of Shadows, Silver
Michael Head Sweet Chance, A Green Cornfield
Finzi In a Churchyard, Proud Songsters, Rollicum Rorum
Garry Magee has been one of the UK’s leading operatic baritones for over 20 years performing such memorable roles as Pelléas, Figaro and Don Giovanni. An artist of great sensitivity and power, this is a rare opportunity to hear him in a more intimate setting in a programme of English songs spanning the years surrounding the First World War.
This selection of songs speaks to a sense of nostalgia and looks back at rural life on our shores 100 years ago. Whether it is the sense of a passing era in the Butterworth settings of Housman’s lyrics, the mysticism and fantasy of Walter De La Mare’s poetry and the music of Armstrong Gibbs, the rural idyll in the Michael Head songs or the deeply felt connection with Gloucestershire in the songs by Ivor Gurney, these songs evoke another age; a time of strong connection to the land and also of deeply felt loss when that is severed by war or other circumstances. Garry is partnered by pianist and conductor Tim Lole.