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Gloucestershire poet Ivor Gurney inspires Gloucester Music Society's next concert

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S infamous poet Ivor Gurney is in the inspiration for Gloucester Music Society’s latest concert this month.

Musicians from Amsterdam will make the journey to St Mary de Lode Church for the event on February 27.

Gurney’s love of walking around the Gloucestershire countryside – much missed when he served in the First World War – has inspired a programme of travel-themed songs.

In addition to songs by Schubert, Schumann and Duparc, there will be songs by Finzi, Vaughan Williams and Butterworth as well as Gloucestershire composers Gurney and Howells.

The programme will conclude with a dramatic semi-staged work about Ivor Gurney by René Samson (pictured), which is receiving its world première.

Mattijs van de Woerd, a renowned baritone who won the Wigmore Song Competition in 2003, also features alongside accompanist Shauann Chai.

Tickets for the 7.30pm concert cost £15 for adults, £14 for concessions and £5 for students. Call 01242 620736.

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  • stace67  |  February 12 2014, 7:29PM

    Why is Gurney referred to in this piece as 'infamous'? I have long admired his work, and find it as moving as many poems by the 'heavyweight' poets of the First World War such as Wilfred Owen or Siegfried Sassoon. Please read 'To his love' as an example of Gurney's outstanding poetry. If the author of this piece wishes to comment on their choice of words, please contact the Google group dealing with First World War literature. Stacy Chambless

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