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A Shropshire Lad: Robert Murray, Mark Stone & Graham Johnson

29 October 2015, 18:30 - 21:30


This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room

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Simon Callow narrator
Robert Murray tenor
Joshua Ellicott tenor
Mark Stone baritone
Graham Johnson piano

A rare and special opportunity to hear A.E. Housman’s collection A Shropshire Lad with readings interspersed with musical settings by Butterworth, Orr, Ireland, Moeran and others.

The concert will be in two parts, beginning at 6.30pm, with a 75-minute supper interval at approx. 7.30pm. Limited places are available for dinner at the Vaults (glass of wine included), or there will be time to have dinner in other local restaurants.


The following songs will be included in tonight's concert:

George Butterworth: Loveliest of Trees
C.W. Orr: O see how thick the goldcup flowers
George Butterworth: When the lad for longing sighs
John Ireland: March & The Heart’s Desire
C.W. Orr: When I watch the living meet
George Butterworth: When I was one and Twenty
George Butterworth: Look not in my eyes
John Ireland: Goal and Wicket
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Oh when I was in love with you
Ernest Moeran: Oh fair enough are sky and plain
George Butterworth: Bredon Hill
John Ireland: The Encounter
George Butterworth: The Lads in their hundreds
C.W. Orr: This time of year
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Along the field
George Butterworth: Is my team ploughing?
John Ireland: The Lent lily
Ralph Vaughan Williams: From far, from eve and morning
John Ireland: The Vain Desire
George Butterworth: On the idle hill of summer
John Ireland: Hawthorn Time
C.W. Orr: Into my heart an air that kills
George Butterworth: Think no more lad: laugh, be jolly
Ivor Gurney: Far in a western brookland
Samuel Barber: With rue my heart is laden
John Ireland: Epilogue
C.W. Orr: The Isle of Portland
C.W. Orr: Hughley Steeple

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Robert Murray

Robert Murray


Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Operatic roles include: Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agenore Il re pastore, Belfiore La finta giardiniera, Jacquino Fidelio and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Offenbach’s Vert-Vert, Piquillo La Périchole, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progr... Read Full Biography
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Joshua Ellicott

Joshua Ellicott


Joshua Ellicott’s sweet-toned, flexible yet powerful lyric tenor voice and versatile musicianship are apparent in the wide range of repertoire in which he excels, from song to opera to concert. In the field of early music he has worked with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Roger Norrington, Harry Bicket, Harry Christophers Paul McCreesh, and has developed a particular affinity with the works of Bach, Handel and Monteverdi. He also enjoys interpreting later repertoire and he has been privileged to work with such luminaries a... Read Full Biography
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Mark Stone

Mark Stone


Baritone Mark Stone was born in London and studied Mathematics at King's College, Cambridge, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998 he was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Recent operatic engagements include his first foray into Wagner roles last season with acclaimed role debuts as Gunther in Götterdämmerung at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Alberich Das Rheingold at the Longborough Festival. He also sang Papageno Die Zauberflöte with the Welsh Natio... Read Full Biography
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Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson


"That peerless song accompanist” (Daily Telegraph) Graham Johnson formed the Songmakers' Almanac and has appeared in recital with Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Serge Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dorothea Rö... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

2015 Festival: Singing Words: poets and their songs

Singing Words: Poets and their Songs celebrates the glorious and varied poetry of song and emphasises this unique meeting of words and music. Following the triumph of last year’s ‘The Schubert Project’ and our recent Royal Philharmonic Society Award, we are pleased to present another stellar array of world-renowned artists in the heart of Oxford. Many of the programmes are bas...

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