Nathan Williamson has devised and programmed, written music for, organised and plays the piano on a three-disc survey of English song. Volume 1 has just come out on the Somm label. The disc has works from the earlier part of the 20th Century, and includes premiere recordings of Gustav Holst, songs by Rebecca Clarke and Ivor Gurney, and Frank Bridge's astonishing, lush settings of Rabindranath Tagore. Volume two should be out shortly, including a big work by William Alwyn and a fascinating war-time collaboration between Alan Bush and Alan Rawsthorn.
Great News!!! Our disc SOLITUDE is out on Chandos records.
Purcell, Schubert, Dove and Barber. Four great works exploring solitude: the romantic idealist seeking out meaning in life's journey, and finding it only in a meditative solitude in the forest; the bereaved, finding a way of managing the appalling loneliness after the loss of a loved one; the mediaeval monk in his cell showing us how human he is at heart. All these explored in a time when we in 2020 find ourselves locked away from each other and society by disease. Anna and I are really delighted with this disc, and I very much hope you will find something in it for you! See the new tab called SOLITUDE above.
MINDSONG is a charity in Gloucestershire that brings Music therapy to people suffering with dementia. It began as a small project, which over the years has grown hugely. Until recently, it has been working in Care Homes for people often with advanced dementia, and is now branching out into working in peoples' homes. To find out more, please visit the website.
100 Years of English Song Vol 1
Holst, Clarke, Bridge and Gurney
James GIlchrist/Nathan Williamson
Purcell/Britten O Solitude
Dove Under alter'd skies
Barber Hermit Songs
James Gilchrist/Anna Tilbrook
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Academy of ancient music