Tuesday 29 June 2021 7:30PM

Nicky Spence tenor; Julius Drake piano

Into Summer


Download the PDF programme here and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.


  • Nicky Spence tenor
  • Julius Drake piano

Jonathan Dove invited Robert Tear to perform Winter Words at the Spitalfields Festival in 2003, after which Tear wrote a set of poems in response to the Hardy poems selected by Britten. Dove then set these to music for Tear to perform. Shakespeare’s words feature in both the songs by John Dankworth and Mervyn Horder; Horder, alias the Second Baron of Ashford, was born in 1910, the son of a doctor who was to be ennobled for ministrations to a series of British monarchs. Sondheim’s incidental music for S. Richard Nash's 1956 play The Girls of Summer is mostly instrumental, although Sondheim wrote a title song with Lena Horne in mind.

  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
      • Winter Words Op. 52
  • Jonathan Dove (b.1959)
      • Out of Winter
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
      • Myrthen Op. 25
        • Zwei Venetianische Lieder I
        • Zwei Venetianische Lieder II
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
      • On Wenlock Edge
        • Bredon Hill
  • Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
      • Sérénade florentine
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
      • Sur l'herbe
  • John Dankworth (1927-2010)
      • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
  • Horder (1910-1998)
      • Under the Greenwood tree
  • Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)
      • The Girls of Summer

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