I performed a recital with pianist James Baillieu at the English Musical Festival in beautiful Dorchester on Thames on 30th May 2016. The English Music Festival is an annual four-day event dedicated to the performances of works by British composers – from the mediaeval period to the present day. It was founded in 2006 and is organised by Em Marshall-Luck. We performed songs by Elgar, Quilter, Bridge and a special commission for the festival – a reconstruction by John Mitchell of Peter Warlock’s ‘An Old Song.’
Our concert was performed in Dorchester Abbey (The Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul) which is situated in the charming village of Dorchester on Thames. The Abbey is such a stunning setting to perform in – On the north wall of the chancel the window is a Tree of Jesse, combining tracery, sculpture and stained glass (all 14th Century). We were so fortunate to be able to perform in front of the Great East stained glass window which is a masterpiece of medieval and Victorian craftsmen – much of the glass is early 14th century.
For more information about the English Music Festival please visit their website – https://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/welcome.html