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Songs of Love and Life

    at St Pancras Church

    Contemporary part-songs and classic folksongs

Vaughan Williams: Five English Folk Songs
Owen Leech: The lily of heaven
Ian Stephens: Cecilia Speaks
Alec Roth: The Flower
Mark Fleming: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
Alexander Campkin: True Love
Feeling Good (arr. Jim Clements)
Folksong Medley (arr. Emily Dickens)
Shenandoah (arr. Thomas Hewitt Jones)
Ciao bella, ciao (arr. Ben Parry)
David of the White Rock (arr. Ben Parry)
Danny Boy (arr. Jonathan Rathbone)
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? (arr. Jonathan Rathbone)
Ben Folds: The Luckiest (arr. Jim Clements)

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Vaughan Williams was a leading member of the first English Folksong Revival in the early years of the 20th century, and his ‘Five English Folk Songs’ provides the launchpad for a concert of folksong arrangements and contemporary settings of poetry old and new. ‘Cecilia Speaks’ (2015) is a trilogy by Ian Stephens based on words by award-winning poet Isabel Rogers, while Owen Leech, Alec Roth, Mark Fleming and Alexander Campkin have each set classic literature to music. And we return to the world of folk music in lush close harmony arrangements made for the Swingle Singers and Voces8.