James Gaughan (baritone) and David Hammond (piano) present ‘Bright is the Ring of Words’, a recital of songs exploring the poetry of three centuries which has inspired composers of its own time and later generations.

From the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries to Ruckert and Housmann, composers of song have drawn on the words of great and less known poets.

The programme includes works by Butterworth, Finzi, Lawes and Vaughan-Williams from the English Song tradition as well as Lieder by Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn.



Bright is the Ring of Words – Vaughan-Williams

Bid me But Live – Lawes

To Althea From Prison – Parry

Who is Sylvia – Finzi

Of All the Torments – Parry

Mary Morison – Sullivan

Die Forelle – Schubert

Schlaflosser Augen Leuchte Truber Stern – Mendelssohn

Ihr Bild – Schubert

The Sailor’s Song – Haydn

Widmung – Schumann

The Vagabond – Vaughan-Williams

La Mer Est Plus Belle – Debussy

The Street Sounds to the Soldier’s Tred – Somervell

The Lads in Their Hundreds – Butterworth

In Summer Time on Bredon – Peel


Lunchtime concerts are included in the standard admission charge. No additional fees apply.