Here is the Group's summer programme for 2019 (available as a 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.
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.
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.
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.
There will also be two informal Poetry Appreciation sessions later in the year.
Dates to be announced.