''Lost England’

For the first time, Kent Sinfonia brings together works by two important composers on one beautifully arranged CD. The CD, produced in collaboration with Clovelly Recordings at St. Edmund’s Studio, Dover, includes a selection of works by English composers George Butterworth and Walter Leigh. Their music is a reminder of the enormous talent that has been lost to world conflicts.

The title ‘Lost England’ was chosen for the CD, as both composers gave their lives at a young age in defence of their country; Butterworth died at the Somme in 1916, at the age of 31, Leigh near Tobruk in 1942, aged 36. The music of Butterworth is well known, though Leigh’s music is surprisingly rarely performed. This is a unique opportunity to hear both composers in a poignant context that makes them even more engaging.

Music includes: Butterworth: ‘The Banks of Green Willow’, ‘Two English Idylls’; Leigh: ‘Jolly Roger’ overture, Harpsichord Concertino, ‘Squadron 992’, ‘ The Fairy of the Phone’.

Kent Sinfonia’s guest conductor for the CD is Malcolm Riley, distinguished organist and acknowledged authority on 20th Century British composers.


CD reviews:
‘….lightness of touch…the accomplished performers of the Kent Sinfonia…A joy throughout.’ (Keith Ames, Editor, ‘Musician’ – Musicians’ Union journal)

‘Unique and uniquely valuable recordings of Walter Leigh from Malcolm Riley and the Kent Sinfonia’ (Rob Barnett, Music-Web international/British Music Society)

‘…a valuable issue, well played by Kent Sinfonia, whose fresh sound I like…Strongly recommended’ (Philip Scowcroft, ‘Journal into Melody’ – The Robert Farnon Society)

The CD was launched at a special reception given at Leeds Castle by invitation of the Managing Director, Mrs Victoria Wallace, in May 2007.

The CD is available from Kent Sinfonia at £9.99 (£12.00 inc. p+p)
If you would like a copy, please contact: Kent Sinfonia, 5, Pine Grove, Maidstone, Kent ME14 2AJ
Tel: 01622 673853/07971 861322 Email: info@kentsinfonia.org
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