As Torrents in Summer – A Concert of Words and Music for a Summer’s Afternoon

As Torrents in Summer – Words and Music for a Summer’s Afternoon


A Concert on Sunday afternoon, 8th July, at 3.30pm, with The  Elgar Chorale in St. James Church, Chipping Campden.

A concert of music and readings for a summer’s afternoon 

In aid of two local charities, Campden Edge and Campden Home Nursing together with The Elgar Chorale, the concert will consist of music from the 19th and 20th centuries, with readings from the same period.

Ranging from Parry to Copland and verse from Lewis Carroll to Matt Harvey, there is something for everyone. Something old and something new, (even something blue!).  There will be different genres, such as spirituals and English choral music from the last 150 years.  From Shakespearean songs set to music by Hubert Parry to American spirituals handed down through the generations, .  There be some old favourites such and The Pink Panther and Moon River. The music will be interspersed with readings both light and slightly more thought provoking by writers such as Lewis Carroll and Walt Whitman.  Please see the programme below.

Entry to the concert is FREE and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Campden EdgeCampden Home Nursing and The Elgar Chorale.


As Torrents in Summer

Music and words for a Summer’s Afternoon

Three Shakespeare Songs                        C.H.H. Parry (1848–1918)arr. Piers Maxim
Spring Song – It was a lover and his lass
Willow, willow, willow
Blow, blow thou winter wind

The white Fury of the Spring           Lizette Woodworth Reese (1856-1935)
Summer Night                               Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Four American Songs                               Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Boatmen’s Dance
Simple Gifts
At the River

I hear America Singing                    Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
The More Loving One                      W.H. Auden (1907–1973)

Two Part Songs                                      Elgar (1857-1934)
My love dwelt in a northern land
As torrents in summer

Adlestrop                                     Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
The Road Not Taken                       Robert Frost (!878-1917)

Three American Spirituals (arr.  P. Maxim)
Wade in the Water
Steal Away
Go down Moses

Little Orphant Annie                      James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)
A Thunderstorm in Town                Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

Songs of Farewell                                                  C.H.H. Parry
My soul, there is a country
I know my soul hath power
Never weather-beaten sail
There is an old belief

She said to him                             Matt Harvey (?)
You are old, father William             Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
Three Letters to the Editor             Compiled by TW

They are at rest                                     Elgar

The Blue Bird                                        C.V. Stanford (1852-1924)