Stolen Years

Thames Revival 11th September 2010    1900hrs     St Katherine Docks

In 1937 the well-known and well-loved journalist and artist Archie White commissioned my gaff Yawl Concord of Mersea from Harry King’s yard at Pin Mill. His lovingly kept record of Concord’s early years offers a glimpse of a lost world touched by the shadow of war.

Lester Simpson (of Coope Boyes & Simpson) and I will be performing for the first time in a recital at the Thames Revival. Extracts from Concord’s original log books provide the framework for a concert ranging from the lute music of John Dowland to the traditional sea ballads of Bob Roberts, songs by Lester Simpson and the haunting writing of Benjamin Britten. Interwoven with poetry by some of our great writers – Auden, MacNeice and Larkin, this is a unique recital for the Thames Festival.

Further details and tickets can be found here

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63rd Aldeburgh Festival

A Birthday Hansel

This Thursday I shall be performing at the Aldeburgh Festival with tenor Robin Tritschler at 3.00pm in Aldeburgh Church. The programme is a tribute to Peter Pears but also acknowledges the influence of Julian Bream and it’s a particularly exciting occasion for me as it combines the things I love most – working with singers and performing the finely crafted English repertoire that has become the centre of my performing career. There are very few tickets left but more information and bookings are here.

My association with Aldeburgh began at Snape Maltings Concert Hall when I recorded my album Shapes of Sleep there in 2004. I had hoped to bring Concord into the river Alde this weekend prior to the concert, anchoring off Slaughden Quay before taking her up to Snape on the spring tides next weekend. It would have been a great opportunity for people to see her at the proposed starting point of her voyage round Britain but rough weather and 40 knot winds have made this an impossible dream.

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