Music of the English Folk: Vaughan Williams, Holst, Grainger, Butterworth & Britten
2 Jun — 2 Jun 2021 | Tour Director: Paul Jackson
This study day explores the ways in which folk music influenced such prominent English composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, George Butterworth and Benjamin Britten. Drawing on a wide range of examples, including rare film footage, we will learn about the efforts early collectors associated with the Folk-Song Society made to capture, preserve and celebrate the fast-disappearing traditional music of Britain and Ireland in the early years of the twentieth century.
This ‘music of the folk’ came to influence a number of English composers who sought to find new means of expression that would root their music in the national consciousness. New life was given to folk music, ensuring a wealth of marvellous tunes continued in the form of art songs, orchestral and band music and choral works. In this way, the ‘English’ sound now associated with these composers was established.
Our study day includes three illustrated talks examining the work of folk-song collectors that later became known as the First Folk Song Revival. We will also explore the ways in which composers drew on folk song to reinvigorate their own music, and the ways in which their music, in turn, fed back into the folk music tradition. The day will conclude with a live concert of music for voice and piano by Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Britten and others.
This study day will be led by Paul Jackson, BA, MA, PGCE, a conductor, pianist and musicologist who was formerly Director of Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Paul has enjoyed an extensive career as a conductor of opera and as a chamber musician, performing widely in the UK, Europe and America.
BA, MA, PGCE
is a conductor, pianist and musicologist and former Director of Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Arrival from 0930 at Stapleford Granary, with tea and coffee, for a 1000 start. Session 1: ‘A Disappearing World: The First Folk Song Revival’ followed by coffee break. Session 2: ‘Re-imaginings and Reinventions 1: From Folk-Song to Art-Music’. Break for included packed lunch.
Session 3: ‘Re-imaginings and Reinventions 2: Reciprocations’ followed by tea break. Live concert of music for voice and piano. 1630 close.
2 Jun 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This day course is based at Stapleford Granary and is therefore ‘gentle’ in nature. Participants will be seated for performances and talks, and breaks are scheduled for included refreshments and lunch.
Cost of day course: £125
Includes refreshments and lunch.