On Tuesday, the esteemed Brodsky Quartet (with Daniel Norman (tenor) and Sholto Kynoch (piano)) visited d’Overbroeck’s to present their new project which explored Vaughan William’s On Wenlock Edge .
On Wenlock Edge is a song-cycle of six pieces based on A. E. Housman’s poetry collection entitled A Shropshire Lad. There was a seminar in the afternoon which provided a background education on Vaughan Williams’s life and his musical influences. Vaughan Williams worked with many famous composers in his lifetime and the seminar allowed the musicians to show how he was influenced by other composers. For example, the musicians played a well-known piece by Debussy (The Maid With The Flaxen Hair) and then followed this by performing the opening of On Wenlock Edge, demonstrating how the main melody was possibly influenced by Debussy. The seminar also gave a preview of the exciting and creative newly commissioned film to accompany Vaughan Williams’s music made by Jeremy Bidgood. Jeremy spoke about how he created the animation by using intricate shadow puppets and then compositing and finalising the animation digitally.
In the evening, there was a very high turnout for the concert, and along with the premiere of the full animation, some songs were expertly performed along with an energetic rendition of Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Overall, we were very lucky to have these talented musicians visit d’Overbroecks and premiere their new project which will go on to feature at the prestigious Oxford Lieder Festival.
Matthew – Year 12