Friday 25th May
Perth Concert Hall, 11:00
Norie Miller Room, Perth Concert Hall
En route from John O’Groats to Land’s End on his Brompton folding bike, prize-winning baritone David Jones pauses to perform Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel alongside folksongs from his journey. Song Cycle is in support of Yehudi Menuhin’s charity Live Music Now.
Song Cycle is firstly an exploration of Vaughan Williams’s song cycle Songs of Travel, with
words by Robert Louis Stevenson. How does the experience of a long and arduous journey
change the singer’s approach to these songs?
With their Scottish words and English music, the Songs of Travel are a quintessentially British
expression of the emotions associated with travel and being in nature. On his thousand-mile
journey, David will pass close to the birthplaces of both Stevenson and Vaughan Williams and
through the landscapes that inspired their work, developing and deepening his interpretation of
the songs as he goes.
Alongside the Vaughan Williams songs, he will perform folk songs from the regions he passes
through, in a mixture of existing settings and newly-commissioned arrangements, with a focus
on the region in which the concert is being given.
This second strand of the project relates to Vaughan Williams’s own work in collecting folk
songs across Britain in the early twentieth century. In addition to research at the English Folk
Dance and Song Society before the project, there are plans to open an online portal for people
to submit examples of their favourite local songs.
A prizewinner in the 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge
English Song Competition, David Jones is equally
at home in song, oratorio and opera. He has a
particular interest in new music, and has given
premieres of works by Nick Bicât, Stephen
Deazley, Louis Mander and Josh Spear.
Recent highlights have included Papageno in Die
Zauberflöte and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Sharpless in
Madam Butterfly for the King’s Head Theatre. He
toured the UK as part of Joshua Sofaer’s innovative
Opera Helps project and is a soloist on Yehudi
Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme.