Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A Mervyn Peake concert

A concert, with music by the financier and composer Nigel Hamway, of twelve nonsense poems by Mervyn Peake, was held in the chapel of Harris Manchester College, Oxford on 29th May. With the soprano Nancy-Jane Rucker alternating with the baritone Benjamin Thompson, and accompanied by Simon Kroll, and the pianist Louise Gullifer, they played and sang to the 150 very appreciative invited guests.

The musical setting of the love poem To Maeve by pianist Eve Barsham, was both poignant and moving and very well received by an enraptured audience. The concert was recorded live by the composer who hopes to make it available in due course.


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