A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF A E HOUSMAN
This delightful words-and-music entertainment celebrates the life and poetry of A E Housman which, with its distinctive imagery, wistfully evokes the ‘blue remembered hills’ of the English countryside. The Land of Lost Content has played to critical acclaim and packed houses all over the UK, including: Kings Place Concert Hall, London; Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival; and The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Few writers have captured the imagination of composers like Housman, and his poems - A Shropshire Lad, On Wenlock Edge, Bredon Hill, Loveliest of Trees and many more - have provided texts for many composers. The Land of Lost Content features classic settings of Housman’s poems by George Butterworth and Graham Peel, as well as new songs specially written for the programme.
Also featured are words and music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Stephen Sondheim, William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling and Oscar Wilde, plus popular composers of the Great War. This promises to be a ravishing evening of humour, lyricism and romance.
The Land of Lost Content features: Sunny Ormonde, well known as Lilian Bellamy in The Archers; soprano Jan Hartley who starred in the West End as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera; and award-winning BBC actor and director David Timson.
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