The Children’s Hour
Everything is possible in the imagination of a child. Starting with the germ of Ives’s wonderful song The Children’s Hour, we journey through the world of cautionary fairy tales including settings by Loewe, Schubert and Britten. Fun exploits with circuses and pirates follow, with songs by Stanford, Warlock and Howells, and darker adventures in Ives’ poignant Tom sails away. The programme finishes with the most bewitching English, German and French lullabies. It has some classics of the song repertoire, some immensely beautiful songs, and, at its heart, Rodney Bennett’s delightfully effervescent Songs Before Sleep.
This programme has been recorded and will be released on champs Hill in 2019.
Gareth Brynmor John – baritone
William Vann – piano