Over There!

18th July to 20th July . 8pm evenings; 1:30pm Wednesday & Thursday family matinees .
Evening performances: Full Price £10 to £16, Concessions £8 to £12; Family matinees: £3 and all adults must be accompanied by a child. 100 free tickets are available per matinee show for schools.

The London English Song Festival returns with Over There! This dramatic, staged performance of song and poetry commemorates the American entry into World War One and depicts the colliding worlds of England and the US through an exploration of song and the spoken word.

A stellar cast of singers is accompanied by William Vann on the piano and readings from actor Richard Bryan.

In addition to three evening performances, there are two educational matinees for children.

Katie Bray  mezzo soprano
Nick Pritchard  tenor
Craig Colclough  bass-baritone
William Vann  piano
Louise Williams  viola


Poetry and speeches

'Who’s for the Game' – Jessie Pope (1868-1941)
Speech to Congress, April 2 2017 – Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
'England and America' – Florence T. Holt (1874-1955)
'To the USA' – Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
'I have a Rendez-vous with Death' – Alan Seeger (1888-1916)
'With an Identity Disc'
'Strange Meeting'
'Anthem for Doomed Youth' – Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Popular song

'Over There' – George M. Cohan (1878-1942)
'I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way' – George Fairman (1881-1962)
'When Yankee Doodle learns to parlez-vous Français' – Ed Nelson & Will Hart

Art Song & instrumental

'The Soldier' - Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)
'Blow out you Bugles' - Rupert Brooke
'The Cost' - Eric Thirkell Cooper (1886-1960)
'In Boyhood' - A. E. Housman (1859-1936)
'A Garrison Churchyard' - A. E. Housman
For Remembrance' piano solo – John Ireland (1879-1962)
'Lights Out' Edward Thomas (1878-1917) – Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
'In Flanders Fields' - John McCrae (1872-1918)
'Tom sails away'
'He is there' – Charles Ives (1874-1954)
'Suicide in the trenches' - Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
'If you forget' - Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929) – Ian Venables (b. 1955)
Elegy (excerpt) viola & piano – Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

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