Britten: Winter Words
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
TENOR ∙ MATTHEW McKINNEY
TENOR ∙ MARK BONNEY
TENOR ∙ CAMERON MITCHELL
PIANO ∙ JOSE JAVIER UCENDO MALO
With the onset of the pandemic, many RCS students had to return to their families – from Philadelphia, USA, to Auckland, New Zealand. They lost a term during which they sang for the Grange Park Opera Found Season.
A new academic year begins in late September and two-year Masters course in the Opera Department, headed by Philip White.
Britten had received a copy of Thomas Hardy’s Collected Poems from Christopher Isherwood when visiting the USA in 1949.
Eight poems of wintry bleakness were chosen for the 1953 song cycle Winter Words (plus two more that were later discarded).
1. At Day-Close in November
2. Midnight on the Great Western or The Journeying Boy
3. Wagtail and Baby (A Satire)
4. The Little Old Table
5. The Choirmaster’s Burial or The Tenor Man’s Story
6. Proud Songsters (Thrushes, Finches and Nightingales)
7. At the Railway Station, Upway or The Convict and Boy with the Violin
8. Before Life and After