Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo-soprano
James Girling guitar
In this exciting, unique collaboration, one of the UK’s foremost string quartets joins forces with the critically acclaimed singer Lotte Betts-Dean and outstanding young guitarist James Girling, to take a walk with Thomas Hardy through songs of the 20th century inspired by his words. The project is the brainchild of composer Arthur Keegan in collaboration with the performers, and it includes new arrangements of beloved songs by Britten and Finzi, alongside beautiful songs – long forgotten and only recently unearthed – composed by quiet luminaries Imogen Holst, Ivor Gurney, Robin Milford and Muriel Herbert. There will also be stunning new music composed by Kerry Andrew and two elegiac sequences by Arthur Keegan.
This concert will launch an album of this music recorded with Delphian records for release in July 2024.