There could hardly be a more appropriate venue than the Ivor Gurney Hall in Gloucester for the concert of English music to be performed there on Saturday 11 th May.
The Carducci Quartet will play the early (1914) String Quartet in A major of Arthur Bliss (later to become Master of the Queen’s Music), music reflecting a world soon to be turned on its head by the “Great War” of 1914-18. Two song cycles complete the programme, and for both of these the Carduccis are joined by Andrew Randall (baritone) and Eric McElroy (piano). The first work, The Song of the Severn by Worcester-based composer, Ian Venables, is inspired by the landscape of the River Severn and of the Malvern Hills and is a setting of words by various poets associated with the river and its countryside. It even contains a tribute to Edward Elgar.
Gloucester born and bred Ivor Gurney, who was passionate about the Gloucestershire countryside, composed the work which completes the day’s programme. His song cycle The Western Playland is a lyrical and bitter-sweet setting of poems by A.E.Housman.
The Carducci String Quartet, internationally acclaimed but with a strong Gloucestershire connection, is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets and has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe. Baritone Andrew Randall is a Masters graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoys an active career of solo and choral singing, including opera and oratorio engagements. Eric McElroy is an American pianist and composer who studied in the United States, Vienna and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His musical interests are wide-ranging and include various alternatives to the standard concert format.
The concert will be held on Saturday 11 May 2019 at 3 pm in the Ivor Gurney Hall, Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BH.
Tickets cost £18, which also includes tea and refreshments after the concert. For further information and advanced bookings please contact 01242 603318 or 01242 572687.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
The concert is presented jointly by the Arthur Bliss Society (www.arthurbliss.org) and the Ivor Gurney Society (www.ivorgurney.co.uk) and additionally supported by the Bliss Trust and the Ivor Gurney Trust.