Perhaps one of the best known composers in the broad English tradition in the period around the First World War was the Australian born Percy Grainger. Grainger’s music is recognised as incorporating in particular folk tune and rhythm, but what is perhaps less well known is that he was an active collector of material in the English countryside before WW1.
One such trip saw him staying at Stanway House in 1907-1908, the stately home of the Wemyss family just along the Broadway road from Winchcombe. Gwilym Davies the folk song collector and performer who now lives locally has been researching the Grainger legacy as part of his Arts Council funded Single Gloucester project [ http://www.glostrad.com ]. Interestingly, one particularly important reservoir of Gloucestershire language and lore were the residents of Winchcombe Workhouse, which used to stand in Langley Road, at the back of the Corner Cupboard ph.
Several of these collected songs will feature in a musical performance as part of our An English Romance event which takes place on Saturday 27th May at 2pm in Winchcombe Methodist Church. The event will feature an audience with the much loved BBC tv personality and Roadshow ceramics expert Henry Sandon, who will recount memories from growing up in the inter-war years. To book tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01242 602 319.