R. L. Stevenson (2014) SATB and Piano
I. Prologue: “Fair isle at sea…”
II. Summer Sun
III. The Gardener
IV. Autumn Fires
V. Night and Day
VI. Epilogue: Requiem
Written for the Birchpole Singers, this song-cycle is written in the same vein as R. L. Stevenson’s verse; his Garden Days, itself from A Childs Garden of Verses. A similar sense of naivety and wonder depict the various scenes of a child’s garden, where the Prologue and Epilogue represent a more nostalgic perspective on childhood.
Garden Days was first performed by The Birchpole Singers in Yarpole Church, Herefordshire, on 19th Feburary 2016, conducted by Andrew Morris.