- 1Is she not passing fair?Edward Elgar
- 2The East RidingJohn Ireland
- 3A Sea BurthenMichael Head
- 4The Sea-BirdRoger Quilter
- 5A kingdom by the seaArthur Somervell
- 6Orpheus with his luteRalph Vaughan Williams
- 7The bayly berith the bell awayPeter Warlock
- 8The salley gardensBenjamin Britten
- 9The green hills o'SomersetEric Coates
- 10Go, lovely roseRoger Quilter
- 11Silent NoonRalph Vaughan Williams
- 12The sighGerald Finzi
- 13SleepIvor Gurney
- 14Early one morningPercy Grainger
- 15Bredon HillGeorge Butterworth
- 16In dreamsWilliam Drakett
- 17Youth and LoveMalcolm Archer
- 18When I am dead, my dearestAdrian Green
Adrian Green (Tenor), Noel Skinner (Piano)
- ProducersAndrew King & Alexander Norman
- PhotographyTom Kuglin
- Creative DirJohn Bevan
- Exec ProducerAdrian Green
The English Songbook is the debut album from Adrian Green, Tenor, Producer, Director and Founder of Convivium Records and the Convivium Singers.
Youth, Love & Loss: The English Art Song
In 1888, Parry described the condition of English song writing as a ‘Slough of Musical Despond such as can rarely have been provided by any nation under heaven.’ There certainly must have been recognition by leading British composers of the late Victorian era that where Germany and France both had established song composers, England had yet to follow suit. It is also important to note that there was an increasing demand for songs in England at this time. From 1851-1901, the population of England doubled and with pianos becoming increasingly affordable, there was a demand for repertoire, from amateur and more advanced musicians, who wished to entertain with poetry and song.
So it was that from around the 1880’s the English Art Song was born. Amongst the earliest to lay the groundwork other than Parry were Stanford, Elgar and Delius. For inspiration, they looked not only at the music of their foreign counterparts, but also at the universally popular themes of youth, love and loss in changing times. And times were uncertain through the Twentieth Century. Both the ideals and realities of these great themes play out in this selection of songs.
A graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London and recipient of the Dame Felicity Lott Bursary, Adrian is Managing Director of Convivium Recordsand Convivium Singers. Whilst Convivium Records has worked recently for a number of high profile clients including The Baltic Exchange, London, and The Royal School of Church Music, Convivium Singers have worked with many notable composers and conductors, and performed at a number of international choral festivals. They have recently been recommended on BBC Radio 3’s ‘CD Review’ as ‘an extraordinarily good choir to listen to’, with reference to their most recent recording of Jonathan Dove’s choral music available on NAXOS. In June 2014, the group featured on Songs of Praise (BBC1) in a special DDay 70th Anniversary programme. Recent guest conductors of the group have included Neil Ferris, David Price, Malcolm Archer, Eamonn Dougan.
As a Lay Clark at Portsmouth Cathedral, Adrian has been administrator for its “Sing Up” government grant since September 2008 and now runs their on-going Chorister Outreach Programme. In conjunction with this, he works as a vocal coach at Portsmouth Grammar School and at St James Senior Boys, Ashford (Surrey).
In terms of choral music, Adrian has sung with various amateur and professional choirs, including Royal Holloway Chapel Choir (with a choral scholarship). This has introduced him to a wide range of repertoire, from early music and liturgical music to that of contemporary composers from all over the world. He has sung on recordings released by Hyperion, Signum, NAXOS, Convivium Records and other private labels.
Adrian’s experience as a soloist and musician, have enabled him to work and sing in America, Australia and New Zealand as well as closer to home in many European countries. Increasingly in demand as a soloist, recent performances with choir and orchestra have included music by Monteverdi, Handel, Purcell, Mozart, Haydn, Vaughan Williams, Carl Orff and others. Adrian has a particular interest in ‘English Song’ and recently completed a commercial recording of music (1900-1949) with Noel Skinner (Released in June 2013). Recent singing teachers and vocal coaches have included Margaret Lobo and Andrew King.
Noel Skinner won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and studied with Leslie England and the accompanist Rex Stephens. As a student, he won many prizes including the Harold Samuel Bach Prize and the McFarren Prize (at that time the highest award for Piano). He has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and in several recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Noel has wide experience as an accompanist, operatic repetiteur and teacher.