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Alistair Donaghue (baritone) and Polly Sharpe (piano)
2nd October 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In the first lunchtime recital of the series, Alistair Donaghue (baritone) and Polly Sharpe (piano) present an exploration of 21st Century British songs, including settings from the acclaimed CD Songs Now: British Songs of the 21st Century, and a selection of songs from a 2009 collection, the NMC Songbook.
Songs Now was reviewed by Timothy Raymond on release. When eight composers work independently, the musical style and content is richly varied. Raymond alludes in his review to Satie, Tippett, Bartok, Bach, Schubert, Cage, Prokofiev and Debussy!
The earlier NMC Songbook has settings by 96 composers, specially commissioned, reviewed by Andrew Clements (The Guardian), David Gutman (Gramophone) amongst others, giving an overview and insight into “an important cultural document”.
Songs Now: British Songs of the 21st Century
David Power: A Marble
Tom Armstrong: London Song
David Lancaster: If Wishes were Willows
Richard Whalley: Instinct
Peter Reynolds: Adieu to All Alluring Toys
Steve Crowther: My Bad Manners
William Rhys Meek: Winter is a Slow Death Waiting
Michael Parkin: What he Said
Joe Duddell: Cease Sorrows Now
Michael Finnissy: Outside Fort Tregantle
Emily Hall: A Simple Neo-Georgian Summer
Robert Saxton: The Beach in Winter: Scratby
David Bedford: The Roman Centurion’s Song
Judith Weir: Blackbirds and Thrushes
Martin Butler: London
Anthony Payne: Ghost Train
There is a short playlist on Spotify with samples from the two albums.