Flowers & Foolery | Blythburgh | Saturday April 1 2017

A Celebration of Springtime in Poetry & Song


The Jay Singers return to Blythburgh’s Holy Trinity Church to perform a melodious and witty April Fools Day concert heralding the delights of the season.

WHERE: Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Blythburgh, IP19 9LP

WHEN: Saturday April 1, 2017, 7.30pm 

Established in 1995 and recognised as one of East Anglia’s leading chamber choirs, The Jays are spread across Norfolk and Suffolk and so it’s no surprise that the wondrous ‘Cathedral of the Marshes’ is a favourite venue.

0r7a9341Blythburgh’s glorious acoustics will undoubtedly have celebrated the repertoire of the first half on previous occasions: floral and springtime classics including Morley’s well-known April is in My Mistress Face (1594), Pearsall’s peerless Lay a Garland (1840), Saint-Saens’ tender Les fleur et les arbres (1882) and Britten’s exquisitely inventive Five Flower Songs (1950).

Showcasing the Jays’ reputation for light music, the second half aims to offer entertaining discoveries: Seiber’s absurdist trio of Nonsense Songs, the liberated élan of Toch’s Geographical Fugue, stylish arrangements of Tea for Two and Over the Rainbow, and even settings of childhood stalwarts, Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Old McDonald had a Farm.

0r7a9329With outstanding Musical Director Neil MacKenzie in charge of all things choral, plus complementary readings specially chosen by Naomi Jaffa (Chair of The Jays and former long-time director of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival), an evening of beautiful and foolish words and music is promised.

Tickets £11 in advance online, click here to book, and £12.50 on the door.

 The Blythburgh Programme:

My Spirit Sang all Day  | Finzi

Revoici Venir du Printemps | Le Jeune

April is in my Mistress Face | Morley

Lay a Garland | Pearsall

Au Joli Bois | de Sermisy

Les Fleurs et les Arbres | Saint-Saens

Go, Lovely Rose | Whitacre

Five Flower Songs Op 47  | Britten

Wanting Memories  | Barnwell

Tea for Two | arr Gritton

Over the Rainbow | arr Turner

Geographical Fugue  | Toch

Three Nonsense Songs  | Seiber

Teddy Bears’ Picnic  | arr Carter

The Goslings  | Bridge

Old McDonald Had a Farm  | arr Mitchell

To book, click here.