Monday, 8 November 2010

Words and Music

BBC Radio 3's Words and Music, November 7th 2010

"This edition of Words & Music was recorded in front of an audience as part of Radio 3’s Free Thinking 2010. Reflecting the festival’s theme of The Pursuit of Happiness, “celebration” is the subject of tonight’s programme. And, just as the artistic line up largely celebrates the finest the Northeast has to offer, so the texts and music often celebrate the Northeast’s writers, landscape, and heroes."

Performers included Kathryn Tickell, Donald McBride and Zita Frith.
Music from Smetana, Tallis, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Per Nørgård, Purcell, Brendan Murphy and traditional sources.
Texts form Swinburne, Wordsworth, Kirkup, Bunting and Bewick.

Programme available here to UK listeners until Sunday 14th November 2010.

“In these rounds I had the opportunity of seeing the kindness and hospitality of the People – the countenances of all, both high & low, beamed with chearfulness, and this was heightened every where, by the music of old Tunes from the well-known exhilarating wild notes of the Northumberland pipes amidst the buz occasioned by various foulploughs.”
Memoir, Chapter 6.

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