Hugh Cutting introduces the first lunchtime recital at BCF 2019

Ahead of the first lunchtime recital in this year’s festival given by Hugh Cutting & Piers Kennedy, Hugh writes about his programme for us here.

“I am delighted to be giving this lunchtime recital at Boxgrove with Piers; as a performing pair, we have given a variety of recitals with an emphasis on non-canonical music for countertenor. The Dvorak songs are the obvious example of this in our programme alongside the more usual operatic and song repertoire of Britten, Dowland, Handel and Purcell. We finish with songs drawn from Piers’ song cycle ‘Rough Rhymes’, a piece premiered by us in Cambridge three years ago and subsequently performed as part of various World War One centenary events in Cambridge, Northampton and Oxford for the Wilfred Owen Society.”

We are delighted at Hugh’s eclectic programme and can assure you of a wonderful 45 minutes in both his and Piers’ company. Tickets are available priced at £8 and £5 for under 18s, and can be purchased here.

New Videos released

We have recently released two new videos on social media.

The first was a live snippet from the Boxgrove Choral Festival. Bring us, O Lord God by William Harris opened our second ever concert back in 2017, and we sang it in the Festival Concert as well as at the end of our service of Compline, from which this excerpt is taken. You can see in the corner of the shot members of the congregation holding candles – some 50 people came to the service, and we were able to give everyone a candle. The candlelight leant the service a special atmosphere and contributed a particularly long lasting memory of the occasion.

We also released a video which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the November armistice that ended the First World War. Owain Park’s ‘For the Fallen’ was written for us in November 2016 and was first performed at our inaugural concert.

The text is by Lawrence Binyon, set famously by other composers as well as being adopted by the Royal British Legion as it’s Exhortation for ceremonies of Remembrance to commemorate the fallen of all conflicts.

New Website!

Welcome to our new website!

We are hugely grateful to Owain Park for setting it up for us. It was then over to me to tinker away with the look of the site and its content which has kept me busy over half term, and no doubt it will continue to grow over the next few weeks. Keep looking out for little enhancements here and there!

Work behind the scenes on lots of things go on thanks to my wonderful colleagues Susie and Simon, and I hope very much to be able to share news of our recent work in due course. Exciting times lie ahead!

JW