The Music of Martin Shaw: A Song Recital

17 sep Martin Shaw concert

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Rarely-performed songs by British composer

Baritone Philip Smith and pianist Iain Farrington present a recital of rarely-performed songs by British composer Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958), described as the missing link between Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Martin Shaw is perhaps best remembered for his church music, and especially a small group of distinctive hymn tunes. But that represents just one aspect of his pioneering and influential creative work. This lunchtimes concert offers a chance to sample a selection of Shaw’s large body of solo songs, alongside works by his friends and contemporaries, Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Ireland.

Autumn 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Martin Shaw, and coincides with both the availability of the Martin Shaw Archive to researchers in the British Library’s Reading Rooms, and the publication of The Greater Light, a comprehensive catalogue of Shaw’s works alongside related writings by and about him. 

This event is free, but booking is required.

The concert will be followed by a study afternoon highlighting aspects of Shaw’s life and works and how they relate to the context of their time.

Image: baritone Philip Smith


Name: The Music of Martin Shaw: A Song Recital
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546