Summer Programme 2019

George Herbert in Bemerton Group Events

Here is the Group's summer programme for 2019 (available as a PDF File downloadable leaflet). Events are free, but there will be retiring collections for contributions towards defraying our expenses. Pre-booking is required for all our events - early booking is advised.

The Parson's Life

Reflecting Herbert’s three years in Bemerton
Thursday, 16th May at 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton

Although the period George Herbert spent in Bemerton was just under three years, it marked a significant departure from his life prior to his induction as Rector. It was during this period that he revised his poems and wrote his prose work ‘The Country Parson’. This presentation by members of the Group imagines how he himself might have recorded the events of this period.

Musical interludes will be provided by the brilliant young lutenist Sam Brown, who makes a welcome return to Lower Bemerton.

Followed by refreshments in a local garden
Bookings: 01722 238301 or 07815 107009

Inspired by Herbert

George Herbert’s influence on later poets
Tuesday, 11th June at 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton

Jean Lunnon will talk about how George Herbert’s poetry was regarded by those who came after him, and the extent to which his works had an influence on their own poetry. Her review will cover a period of some 350 years and embrace a range of poets from Christopher Harvey to Carol Ann Duffy.

Followed by refreshments in a local riverside garden
Bookings: 01722 334017

‘My Musick’

Composing settings of Herbert’s poetry
Tuesday, 9th July at 7:30 pm
St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton

Judith Weir

Judith Weir

It gives us great pleasure to welcome to Lower Bemerton Judith Weir CBE. Judith will talk about the pleasures and problems of setting Herbert’s words to music. She will look at examples by Ralph Vaughan Williams and John Tavener as well as her own compositions, which include settings of ‘Vertue’, ‘Antiphon’, ‘Prayer(I)’ and ‘Love (III)’.

In 2014 Judith was appointed Master of the Queen’s Music.

Followed by refreshments in a local garden
Bookings: 01722 330295

There will also be two informal Poetry Appreciation sessions later in the year.
Dates to be announced.

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