Owen’s Dunsden poem set to music in Woking
‘In the English Style’ – a concert of piano & vocal music by English composers
Baritone: Nigel Evans-Thompson · Pianist: Matthew Rickard
Saturday, 20th June at 7.30pm
Christ Church, Jubilee Square, Woking GU21 6YG
Nearest car park in Victoria Way, next to Holiday Inn
A varied and exciting programme will include piano music (Parry & Gurney) together with vocal music (Finzi, Howells, Quilter & Vaughan-Williams, and others). The songs are settings of poems by English poets, including Masefield, Rosetti, Shakespeare and Tennyson.
The concert will also include music by Reading based composer David Breeze. In addition to a trio of pieces for piano, Nigel & Matthew are excited to be giving the first performance of David’s setting of Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Deep under Turfy Grass’.
Breeze’s music follows the narrative of the poem, responding to its emotions, its time, and its place. Owen expresses his deep sense of shock and anger at the death of a mother and child in an accident at Dunsden. A horse pulling a cart loaded with the belongings of the Allen family bolted, throwing the mother and four year old child to their deaths. The event forced Owen to question the very basis of his religious faith before finding a resolution. We might also hear some uncanny pre-echoes of his later response to the Great War which was to follow so soon afterwards.
Tickets (which include interval drinks) are available from Nigel Evans-Thompson (01483 854095 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and cost £10 (£9 concessions) if booked in advance or £12 (£11 concessions) on the night.
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