A good crowd of 40+ were treated to a lovely programme of English music of the early twentieth century, given as a prelude to a talk by Henry Sandon in Winchcombe Methodist Church. The scratch band were comprised of folk players led by music historian Gwilym Davies complemented by professional cellist Nella Hunkins.
The choice of the programme of music by Grainger, Elgar and Vaughan Williams reflected themes both local and contemporary to the inter war years – a nod to the Pastorally inspired art and craft currently on display at the Winchcombe Archive Collection. Grainger stayed at nearby Stanway House in 1907-1908 and collected some of the material performed from then residents of Winchcombe Workhouse.
Traditional music and song of the English countryside in general and the Cotswolds in particular is a rich reservoir of material. Some of this was celebrated in a Music from Winchcombeshire concert given during the Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts. One performer at the latter concert was Tim Sexton, a Chipping Campden based musician and devoted morris dancer.
Very interestingly, Tim has been researching and performing music from Campden preserved in book form in Edwardian times. The Essex House Song Book was published by CR Ashbee of Guild of Handicraft fame under his Essex House Press imprint.
Our autumn show at the Winchcombe Archive Collection will have William Morris and the Arts and Crafts in general as its main themes. We hope to have the company of Tim Sexton and some of his folk loving friends to provide an impromptu performance of some of this Ashbee preserved material.