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The Sprig of Thyme

  • Keele University Chapel Keele University Keele, Newcastle-Under-Lyme (map)
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The Sprig of Thyme

Music by Rutter, Grainger & Holst

Anthony Rose Conductor

Ian Riddle Piano

For children growing up in postwar England, traditional songs still formed a common musical currency. The first songs we sang were nursery rhymes like Oranges and lemons and Pop goes the weasel; at school, we warbled Early one morning and Drink to me only in singing class, and O God, our help in ages past and Holy, Holy, Holy in morning assembly; at scout camp, we endured Ten green bottles and One man went to mow. The folksong tradition of the British Isles is a varied and colourful one.

The Sprig of Thyme offers a selection of traditional songs of the British Isles, drawing together long-standing favourites as the Willow song and The Miller of Dee with lesser-known gems as O can ye sew cushions and The Sprig of Thyme.

This concert will also contain folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger and Gustav Holst