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The Year’s Midnight

Music and poetry for the longest night, with Clare Wilkinson and Tom Courtenay

We first performed this programme at King’s Place on 21 December 2011. It is a meditation on night and the solstice, in a combination of poems, songs and instrumental music.

John Donne  “A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy’s Day”
Duncan Druce  Bereavement 

Ted Hughes  “The Warm & the Cold”
John Woolrich  Fantasy for four viols

Begin the song
Beneath a dark & melancholy
A Good-Night

William Shakespeare  Sonnet 56
John Dowland  In darkness let me dwell

Edward Thomas  “Out in the Dark”
Duncan Druce  Midnight

William Shakespeare  Sonnet 73
William Lawes  In Nomine in C minor

I N T E R V A L

T. S. Eliot  “The Journey of the Magi”
William Byrd  Out of the orient crystal skies
Stephen Wilkinson  At the Manger

Li Po  “In the Quiet Night”
Tan Dun  A Sinking Love

Sylvia Plath  “The Moon & the Yew Tree”
Andrew Keeling  Afterwords

John Keats  “To Sleep”
Peter Warlock  Sleep

Thomas Hardy  “The Darkling Thrush”
Henry Purcell  The Evening Hymn

Philip Larkin  “First Sight”