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Words into Music – setting English poetry as song

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH

Poetry and music have been associated with each other from the very beginning, in Britain as elsewhere. At this event, Richard Stokes will give an illustrated talk based on his latest book The Penguin Book of English Song. The talk will feature a range of recordings, with poems from Shakespeare to Auden, via Blake, Byron, Shelley, Hardy and others, set by composers such as Finzi, Quilter, Butterworth and Britten. A handout of the song texts will be provided.

Richard Stokes is Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy and one of the UK’s leading experts on the European song tradition. His previous books include The Book of Lieder, and he is co-author of A French Song Companion and The Spanish Song Companion, among many other publications. He is ideally placed to act as our guide through the wonderful world of English song settings.

Richard’s 2016 publication The Penguin Book of English Song. Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden will be on sale at the event at the reduced price of £10.

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th January at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited. RSVP in advance to info@rimbaudverlaine.org to reserve a place, indicating whether or not you are a Member of Blacks.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.