'George Herbert's Inspiration' is the theme of the Group's summer programme for this year. Events are free, but there will be retiring collections for contributions towards defraying our expenses. Early booking is advised.
We are delighted to present a concert featuring music from George Herbert's period, specially designed for our Group by mezzo-soprano Sophia Brumfitt and lutenist Din Ghani.
We shall be hearing settings of not only the poems of George Herbert, but also of members of his wider family including Mary Herbert (nee Sidney), her brother Philip Sidney, her son William Herbert (the 3rd Earl of Pembroke) and John Donne, a close friend of the Herberts. Lute solos from the lute book of George's brother Edward of Cherbury are also included. Interspersed with the music will be readings by Sonia Woolley of some of Herbert's works and related writings.
A conducted walk from Salisbury Cathedral across the water meadows to St. Andrew's church in Lower Bemerton. The walk will include a talk by Dr Hadrian Cook, a member of the Harnham Water Meadows Trust and author of several books on environmental science, catchment management and landscape history. After an introduction to George Herbert at the cathedral, we shall follow the route across Town Path, through the northern part of Harnham and along the Broken Bridges woodland path, emerging in Lower Bemerton not far from the church, where there will be a brief concluding talk.
The welcome return of one the most popular speakers of the 2014 George Herbert Festival. Prof Helen Wilcox talks about some of the key challenges faced by Herbert in the writing of poetry to and about God, and considers how his expressive solutions have given inspiration to later writers of devotional poetry in English. Helen is one of the world's leading authorities on Herbert's works.
There will also be informal Poetry Discussions on 8th August and 23rd August - details later.