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Stapleford Granary concert to pay tribute to Cambridgeshire composer Stephen Wilkinson



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The Dance Continued, taking place this Saturday (July 9) at Stapleford Granary, is a personal journey through the musical landscape of the works of revered Cambridgeshire composer and conductor Stephen Wilkinson (1919-2021), lovingly curated by his daughter, mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson, and performed by her together with tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Markland.

Tenor James Gilchrist. Picture: Patrick Allen (57792454)
Tenor James Gilchrist. Picture: Patrick Allen (57792454)

A deep and detailed reader of poetry, Stephen Wilkinson’s music grows out of a long, intense consideration of the text. His songs on poems by Rupert Brooke, Andrew Marvell and Louis MacNeice will be presented at the performance, alongside some of Gerald Finzi’s most masterful settings of Thomas Hardy.

Clare Wilkinson and James Gilchrist
Clare Wilkinson and James Gilchrist
Tenor James Gilchrist. Picture: Patrick Allen
Tenor James Gilchrist. Picture: Patrick Allen

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From its contemplation of first childhood steps, and radiating out from the local countryside, this recital offers a view of life and landscape as seen from Cambridge and other English skies. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit staplefordgranary.org.uk.



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