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