Dies Natalis: Music of the English Springtime
Greg Tassell, tenor
Anthony Zerpa-Falcon, piano
String orchestra led by Jane Gomm
Greg Tassell is a past winner of the John Kerr Award for English Song, and is quickly coming to nationwide prominence as an expert interpreter of English music. In this concert, we are very excited to be bringing Greg together with other well-known local artists for the first time.
The main work is the secular cantata Dies Natalis by the 20th century English composer Gerald Finzi, for tenor soloist and string orchestra. This is a tremendously evocative setting of texts by Thomas Traherne about the wonder of the natural world and the innocence of youth. Writing in the seventeenth century, Traherne was one of the second generation of 'Metaphysical' poets, after the better-known George Herbert and John Donne. His most famous lines seem to strike a chord with everyone who reads them, and are given special prominence in Finzi's setting: "I was a stranger, which at my entrance into the world was saluted and surrounded with innumerable joys; my knowledge was divine. I was entertain'd like an angel with the works of God in their splendour and glory... The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reap'd nor was ever sown. I thought it had stood from everlasting to everlasting."
Tickets for this concert are just £12 on the door, but you can also gain a discount by booking in advance. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Hall's Bookshop, next to the church.