Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano) with Anna Tilbrook (pianist)
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op.37
Dove: Nights Not Spent Alone
Madeleine Dring: Five Betjeman Songs
Britten: Cabaret Songs
#SolaceinNature has provided us with an important focus in this previously uncharted and often painful isolation in which we have found ourselves.
Each of our programmed songs holds an allusion to our finding solace within nature, whether it is the focus of the song or a passing reference, which gives us a chance to exist outside ourselves and feel enveloped and protected by the natural world. In some instances, the world that was devised by the poet and the composer harks back to a halcyon era, recalling the influence of the sun, the moon, the mighty ocean or a solid oak.
For these minutes spent together in performance, we can all feel collectively bound by the music and imagine brighter times ahead.