Voice of the People

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Voice of the People

7.30pm St Michael Church, Coxwold.

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Voice of the People: Ralph Vaughan Williams and Folksong
Coope Boyes & Simpson, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya, Georgina Boyes

Voices ringing out in the frosty air or echoing in atmospheric
candlelight are the most evocative sounds of Christmas.  “I love a
carol,” said Vaughan Williams.

In the decade before the First War, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) discovered a source of melody and an approach to music that inspired compositions throughout the rest of his career.   During summers spent in cottages, village pubs and gypsy camps from Essex and Surrey to North Yorkshire and Herefordshire, Vaughan Williams recorded around eight hundred songs and tunes that underlie orchestral works like Norfolk Rhapsody, Fantasia on Greensleeves and the English Folk Song Suite and were the sources of tunes in The English Hymnal and The
Oxford Book of Carols.  Folksong was, he wrote, “the voice of the people… beautiful in itself and which has in it the germs of great art.”

Voice of the People brings together Coope Boyes and Simpson, whose innovative acappella arrangements of folksongs collected by Vaughan Williams have already won international acclaim and Classic FM Christmas favourites Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Georgina Boyes in a specially written words and music production. Songs Vaughan Williams noted from the countryside are interlinked with his characteristically perceptive descriptions to give a first-hand account of this exciting period in English music. It’s a rare opportunity to hear the original
sources of some of the composer’s best-loved music for concert hall and church, as well as lesser known songs and carols he collected across England.

Coope, Boyes and Simpson have been nominated for Best Group and Best Album at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

“…highly recommended - entertaining, educational, funny and some great singing!”

BBC Radio 2 Folk & Acoustic website

“…six of the nation’s finest singing voices” Shreds & Patches


Tickets £10 per person.

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Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

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