In the first half of the twentieth century an eclectic and fascinating group of composers gathered at the George pub in Great Portland Street, nick-named ‘the Gluepot’ by Sir Henry Wood because his orchestral players tended to become stuck there! Our first recording, to be issued on the SOMM label, will feature 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.
We launched our crowdfunding campaign on 10th February at our ‘Kensington to Bloomsbury’ concert, where the audience heard some of the music which will appear on the disc.
Postscript: we are delighted that we exceeded our crowdfunding target, and the recording took place in July 2017 at All Hallows, Gospel Oak, produced by Adrian Peacock with David Hinitt as the recording engineer. The CD will be issued in March 2018.