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Recital of Autumn Songs

Premiere of Ted Hughes settings

Elizabeth Atherton soprano, Dominic Sedgwick baritoneIain Burnside piano – and some local children

To continue celebrating our Ted Hughes poems, we commissioned composer Julian Philips to set them as a small song-cycle (with choruses for child singers). Tonight is the first performance.

Julian is a highly talented composer, whose work spans opera, dance, song, chamber, choral and orchestral music. He has a special affinity for voice music and has written for children before. He’s set poems by Dylan Thomas, Emily Dickinson, e e cummings, and Langston Hughes (no relation!).

The recital also includes a wonderfully attractive range of Autumn songs by other composers including:

Franz Schubert: Herbst; An der Mond in einer Herbstnacht
Benjamin Britten: Now the leaves are falling fast
Gabriel Fauré: Automne; Dans la forêt de Septembre
Lee Hoiby: Autumn
Richard Strauss:  Die Zeitlose
Reynaldo Hahn: Chanson d’automne
Charles Ives: Maple leaves
Edward Elgar: Song of Autumn

Programme notes can be downloaded here.

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We’ve assembled an ideal team of performers.

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Multi-talented Iain Burnside is a prodigiously talented pianist, a radio presenter and a musical entrepreneur. He’s specially prized as a song recitalist, and has appeared with many of the world’s great singers.

“His lightness of touch, his expertise in balancing and supporting the voices, and his sheer love for this exquisite repertoire are simply matchless” Primephonic

Click to hear Iain introduce his music-theatre piece 'Swansong' (not performed tonight)


Lyric soprano Elizabeth Atherton is a compelling singer across a wide range of concert and opera repertoire, and a formidable advocate of contemporary music.

“Elizabeth Atherton held us spellbound” BBC Music Magazine; “A performance of blazing intensity” Musical Criticism

Click to hear Elizabeth sing Britten's 'Embroidery Aria' (not performed tonight)


Baritone Dominic Sedgwick came up through Covent Garden’s Jette Parker Programme and is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

“Baritone Dominic Sedgwick catches the eye and ear in everything he essays” Mark Valencis, Bachtrack

Click to hear Dominic sing 'I was going to say' by William Marsey (not performed tonight)


This concert is dedicated to the memory of Michael Cox. Sponsored by Alan Hedges.

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Sat 9 Oct 2021 8.00pm

Little Missenden Church

£25, £18, £10