Grey and Green are all my Light - a major new work for voice and piano
Grey and Green are all my Light is a major new song-cycle by our co-founder and director Nathan Williamson.
The work was commissioned by James and Emmeline Winterbotham, two of TABS' 'Founding Patrons', who also generously hosted the premiere at their home, Reydon Hall, near Southwold in Suffolk.
Grey and Green are all my Light is comprised of six songs for baritone and piano, totalling 25 minutes in duration. The work sets poems and poetic prose by Suffolk writer Robert Jellicoe from his recent book, ‘Shorelines: Voices of Southwold Fishermen'. The premiere was given by young New Zealand baritone Jonathan Eyers, who recently completed postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alongside the song cycle was an introduciton and readings by Robert Jellicoe, and songs by Butterworth and Vaughan Williams, who both visited the town of Southwold in 1912 to collect folksongs and dances from local fishermen. These songs, only recently published by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, were the starting point for many of Nathn Williamson's settings.