Songs of the British Isles
English Traditional Air, text Ben Jonson, 1616
Drink to me only with thine eyes
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
The Shepherd's Song
Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Phyllis Tate (arr), (1911-1987)
The lark in the clear air
Tom Springfield / Diane Lampert (1967)
The Olive Tree
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
O Waly Waly
The Ash Grove
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960)
The Fuchsia Tree
Michael Head (1900-1976)
Sweet chance, that led my steps abroad
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
The Fields are full
British Traditional, 17th century
Annie McLeod (1855-1921) collected the air
Skye Boat Song
Rialto Lounge will be selling sandwiches and drinks in the church after the concert.
Lesley Gladigau started training at The Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she sang with the BBC Welsh chorus for 4 years, travelling and performing widely.
She moved to London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, singing in many music ensembles, concerts and operas.
Lesley then worked in Tokyo, singing in concerts at the British and American Embassies.
She also spent 2 years in Cairns, Australia, where she performed regularly as a soloist for the Cairns Choral Society.
Lesley continues to perform in London and Surrey, singing in many different venues with a varied repertoire. She combines her concert work with teaching singing in several schools.
Lynda studied piano for four years with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music where she achieved a 1st class honours BMus and was awarded the Tagore gold medal, RCM’s annual nomination for the most outstanding student of the year.
Although her professional career was spent in the computer industry, Lynda has been able to return to music and is kept busy as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, avid concert goer, opera fanatic and occasional reviewer. Lynda is accompanist to both the Epsom Male Voice Choir and Mickleham Choral Society, and she is also a familiar performer to cruise ship audiences.
Wesleyan Spirits is a close harmony group from the Wesleyan University Blackbrook, in Middletown, Connecticut. Apart from the gorgeous harmony, you will see another reason for feeling this is a unique performance:
Surprisingly, Josephine Goddard was only 16
at the time of the next recording :
This is such a lovely audio recording of
Ian Bostridge singing Tennyson's words that
one wishes there were more of it:
Aled Jones (as a boy treble) sings The Lark in the Clear Air:
Or perhaps you prefer Cara Dillon with the Ulster Orchestra:
Tom Springfield and Diane Lampert wrote The Olive Tree for Judith Durham. Here she is in 1968:
Oliver Cromwell is the rather short Britten song
that ends with the famous line
"if you want any more you can sing it yourself!"
Here Ruby Hughes is the soprano with
Britten's arrangement of
O Waly Waly:
Llwyn Onn - The Ash Grove -
Britten's arrangement of this popular Welsh folk piece
is sung here (audio only) by Peter Pears,
with Benjamin Britten himself at the piano:
Three cats with just five eyes? Here is a rendition by the National Children's Choir of Ireland:
(click "About", then "Show More" to see Walter De La Mare's text)
As it's August, let's include a performance from the Edinburgh Fringe. This is Sophia Boyd, of Fettes College, singing in St Cuthbert's Church in 2011:
Mark Wilderspin hails from the town itself so what more fitting version than his for Scarborough Fair.
Mark has added local scenery to this recording:
From Simon & Garfunkel to jazz, rock, and more!
This compilation samples 21 different versions of:
(this includes the only work of Power Metal I have ever heard
- it's thankfully quick!)
We finish with a beautiful 2014 recording of
the Skye Boat Song by the
UCD Choral Scholars (University College Dublin):
Let's hope we hear more of tenor Glenn Murphy.