Fulham Camerata to Perform Summer Concert

Programme to feature melodies inspired by flowers

Fulham Camerata

May 29, 2023

Flowers are to be the theme of this summer’s annual concert by the Fulham Camerata choral group’s.

The singers will perform a medley of contemporary and older music from composers including Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and Arthur Somervell on Sunday 25 June.

The 35-strong group will be singing from a programme yitled the ‘Language of Flowers’ it runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at St Mary’s Church in Putney.

Opening the performance is a rare work by 19th century composer Amy Woodforde-Finden, while the singers will continue with Arthur Somervell's Wind Flowers. The choir will also accompany Fulham Camerata’s bass choral scholar, Matt Asquith, in Vaughan Williams’ 1911 composition ‘I Got Me Flower’s, from his collection titled ‘Five Mystical Songs’.

Continuing the floral tributes, the singers will give a performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘To Daffodils’ from his song cycle, ‘Five Flower Songs’.

The second half of the programme gets underway with an array of music written by contemporary composers from around the world.

It begins with American composer Morten Lauridsen’s ‘Chanson des Roses’, based on five French poems, before the choir performs an arrangement of Irish folksong ‘The Salley Gardens’ by Fulham Camerata’s musical director Harry Castle.

Also on the bill is ‘The Rose’ by contemporary Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo. The evening concludes with ‘Daffodils’, a piece written by Fulham Camerata’s composer in residence, Alexander Hopkins.

Daffodils is based on observations in the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, the poet William Wordsworth’s sister, of the dancing daffodils by the waterside in the woods, as the siblings set off on a blowy morning walk.

Fulham Camerata with music director Harry Castle in the foregroundFulham Camerata with music director Harry Castle in the foreground

“The concert will be light and melodic and a great place to go to on a summer’s evening,” explains Geraldine Pace, from Fulham Camerata.

“The venue is by the river and perfect for a summer’s evening, with the repertoire having an emphasis on spring and summer.”

Tickets are £15 (£10 concs/free for under 16s), available on the door or they can be purchased online.

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