Gloucester Lads

Wed 27 July

2.45 pm St Barnabas Church, Tuffley

£27, £22


Finzi Earth and Air and Rain

Matthew Martin Sonnets of Petrarch

world premiere

Gurney Lights out


Marcus Farnsworth baritone

James Baillieu piano


Gerald Finzi was born in London in 1901 but moved to Painswick, Gloucestershire in 1922 in order to compose in tranquillity. Earth and Air and Rain sets verses by Thomas Hardy on the subject of death and the transcience of life. Ivor Gurney grew up and was a cathedral chorister in Gloucester itself, where his father had a tailor’s shop. A poet as well as a musician, he was a prolific writer of songs. Lights out reflects his experiences in the First World War as a private in the Gloucestershire Regiment. These two song cycles are complemented by a new work by Matthew Martin, recently appointed director of music at Keble College, Oxford.

A coach will depart from Lower Westgate Street at 2.10 pm

Ticket £5 return


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