This brand new SOMM CD is a tribute to Jennie McGregor-Smith, the founder and driving force behind Celebrating English Song, the famous song series which took place at Tardebigge, Bromsgrove each summer for many years and which played an invaluable role in popularising English song. Sadly, the series closed down in June 2016 with a last recital given to a standing ovation by MCC President Roderick Williams and Susie Allan. The CD duplicates exactly that last programme of Roddy and Susie’s Favourite Songs. It also pays a poignant tribute to some of our greatest composers of English art-song.
The composers featured are Finzi, Butterworth, Britten, Quilter, Gurney, Warlock, Moeran – and Worcester composer Ian Venables, now widely regarded as the finest living English composer of art songs. The CD number is SOMMCD 0177. For details, visit somm-recordings.com/ recording/celebrating-english-song/