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Before Life and After – Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

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Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
On Friday 2 November 2018 at 19:30
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976)Winter Words for soprano or tenor and piano, Op.52 (Before Life and After)
Finzi, Gerald (1901-1956)Earth and Air and Rain: The Clock of the years, Op.15 no.8
Finzi, Gerald (1901-1956)Earth and Air and Rain: Proud Songsters, poem by Thomas Hardy, Op.15 no.10
Finzi, Gerald (1901-1956)The Too Short Time: Amabel (Before and after Summer)
Ireland, John (1879-1962)Three Songs to Poems by Hardy: Summer Schemes
Roderick WilliamsBaritone
Iain BurnsidePiano
Harriet WalterNarrator

‘The thrushes sing as the sun is going …
As if all Time were theirs.’ Proud Songsters

The poet Thomas Hardy had a lifelong preoccupation with memory and the passing of time, for what was loved, what was lost and what could never be. Acclaimed duo baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside delve into Hardy’s world, in which nature and the everyday take on startling spiritual power. Their sequence of words and music centres on settings by Britten, Finzi and Ireland, interleaved with poetry which responds to Hardy’s ideas from a woman’s perspective. 

This event is part of the Time Unwrapped 2018 at Kings Place. 

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© Benjamin Ealovega
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