THE GLUEPOT CONNECTION
We are thrilled by the critical reception for our first commercial recording, released in March by SOMM Recordings. The album is based around an unlikely cornerstone of London's music culture: 'The George' pub on Great Portland Street, nicknamed 'The Gluepot' by Sir Henry Wood, such was its adhesive effect on his musicians. An eclectic and fascinating group of composers gathered there during the first half of the twentieth century, and the disc features a selection of their choral music, including well-known works by William Walton, Arnold Bax, Frederick Delius, John Ireland, Peter Warlock and EJ Moeran, as well as lesser-known gems by Alan Rawsthorne, Elisabeth Lutyens and Alan Bush, some of which have never before been recorded.
The Gluepot pub and its infamous composer clientele... read Andrew Griffiths' blog for Classical-music.com (BBC Music Magazine) telling some of the stories behind the music.
Click on the CD cover image to buy direct from SOMM. The album is also available from other retailers, and via Spotify and iTunes.
Grateful thanks go to the Rawsthorne Trust and the John Ireland Charitable Trust for their generous financial support of this disc, and to the Alan Bush Music Trust for helping us source music. We are also extremely grateful to our producer, Adrian Peacock, and engineer, David Hinitt. The recording was made in the church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak.
Peter Warlock: The Full Heart
Alan Rawsthorne: Four Seasonal Songs (first recording)
1. Now the Earth, the Skies, the Air; 2. To the Spring; 3. Autumn; 4. Now the lusty Spring is seen
John Ireland: The Hills
Arnold Bax: I Sing of a Maiden
Alan Bush: Like Rivers Flowing (first recording)
Frederick Delius: On Craig Ddu
Elisabeth Lutyens: Verses of Love
EJ Moeran: Songs of Springtime
1. Under the Greenwood Tree; 2. The River-God’s Song; 3. Spring, the Sweet Spring;
4. Love is a Sickness; 5. Sigh no more, Ladies; 6. Good Wine; 7. To Daffodils
William Walton: Where does the uttered Music go?
John Ireland: Twilight Night
Alan Bush: Lidice (first recording)
Arnold Bax: Mater ora filium
Our Crowdfunding Campaign
We raised £5,545, well in excess of our orginal target! Preparing, recording, editing and mastering this kind of disc is very expensive, and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which not only enabled the recording to be made, but also reduced the significant amount to be found from the choir's own funds.
List of donors