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Edward Thomas: A Concert Series

Edward Thomas: A Concert Series

29 Mar 2017
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Roads Shining Like River Up Hill After Rain

Edward Thomas 'Ghost Shards' for choir and 'cello

A concert series has been arranged by composer Colin Riley to mark the centenary of the death of poet and Lincoln alumnus, Edward Thomas, who was killed in action on Easter Monday, 1917. 

The title of the concert series, ‘Roads Shining Like River Up Hill After Rain’, comes from a line of Thomas’s poetry, found in his pocket after his death. In collaboration with nature writer, Robert Macfarlane, a text has been fashioned from fragments of Thomas’s poetry, as a metaphorical journey from his home village of Steep to the Western Front. It uses the poem ‘Roads’ as a guiding text throughout. 

Performance dates can be found below:

3.15pm, Saturday 15th April (Easter Saturday) PREMIERE
New College Chapel, Oxford
Oxford Bach Soloists conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies

4.30pm, Saturday 29th April 
The Artshouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
(part of the Stratford Literary Festival)
Oxford Bach Soloists conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies

5pm, Sunday 17th September 2017
St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London, LONDON PREMIERE
(part of Open House London) 
Pegasus conducted by Matthew Altham

7.30pm, 21st October 2017
Closing concert of Wooburn Festival
Allsaints Church, Marlow
Wooburn Singers conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies

Colin Riley’s work draws on a range of elements including new technologies, improvisation, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work has been performed by many of the leading music performers and groups including the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  He is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, on the classical executive at BASCA, and has been a mentor for the Making Music’s Adopt a Composer Scheme since 2001. See more at www.colinriley.co.uk