Sabrinensis Chamber Choir
Cranham Handbell Ringers
Gaudeamus Youth Strings
Judith Sheridan conductor
Frederick William Harvey is remembered today as a poet and a central creative figure in that circle of close friends with Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells, which emerged in Gloucester before the First World War. The concert uses the new stained glass window in Minsterworth Church dedicated to Harvey as an inspiration to remember his life and work through music, poetry and readings.
The concert covers his First World War experiences and focuses on the warmth of Will Harvey’s character and his relationship with Gloucestershire throughout his life. In the inter-war years, working as a solicitor, Harvey became a popular BBC broadcaster who was involved in talks, plays and musical productions. His innovative programmes presented poems, humorous reflections on life, and extolled the virtues of the Forest of Dean and its people.
Harvey’s story will be woven through songs, choral pieces, poetry and readings with music for hand bells and string quartet. Existing settings of Harvey’s poems by Gloucestershire composers such as Ivor Gurney, Herbert Howells, Herbert Brewer and John Sanders will be joined by new compositions by living composers with links to Gloucestershire, including Hugh Barton, Bartholomew Mason, Richard Shephard and Gareth Treseder.
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