Autumn Lectures

Rosemary is currently preparing a lecture entitled Unfinished Business for the new META group (Marple Exploring The Arts) on Thursday October 22nd. A number of great musical masterpieces were left unfinished by their composers, and Rosemary will explore what went wrong, what survives, and the interesting challenges these works have set for later musicians. The […]

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New talks exploring listening

Rosemary will be giving two new presentations in early May, each designed to discover how far listening can take us. Listen to this Space explores the power of listening in the physical, mental and spiritual worlds. By listening and discussion it demonstrates music’s physical effects, and its ability to move the mind in time and space in […]

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Life Journey at Art in Action

Rosemary’s song cycle Beyond the touch of time will receive a further performance at the Art in Action Festival at Waterperry House and Gardens in Oxfordshire in July. The cycle, to words by William Wray, was written for the Lincoln Labyrinth Festival in 2014 and formed part of a Life Journey theme interpreted in the cathedral […]

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New devotional songs

During January and February 2015 Rosemary wrote two new devotional songs for the collection which has developed over the past two years. These songs, written for unison voices and piano, have been used frequently and proved very popular at meetings with a spiritual and contemplative purpose. The project is continuing, and she is currently setting a new text for an occasion at the beginning of […]

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A Christmas celebration

Rosemary’s Christmas anthem Thou whose birth on earth was included in a concert given by the Romulus Singers at All Saints’ Church, Thelwall in December. The words are by Swinburne, and the setting was written for the Manchester-based choir Convivium. It was first performed in an evening of words and music in the mediaeval splendour of Houghton Tower in […]

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Three Devotional Songs

Rosemary has been asked on a number of occasions to provide settings of words for groups meeting for quiet contemplation. Three of these settings, to words by Nityaanand, have now been collected and are available as Three Devotional Songs. ‘I am not born’ is a simple unaccompanied melody; ‘Walking but taking no footsteps’ and ‘Come […]

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Autumn lectures

Two new lecture dates have been arranged for the autumn season. In October Rosemary will speak to the Edmund Rice Network in Hale Barns, Cheshire on the subject Death and Resurrection – Composers and the First World War. By comparing music written before, during and after the conflict she will throw light on what was lost, and […]

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Beyond the touch of time – a song cycle

Rosemary’s setting of a cycle of eight songs (words by William Wray) received its first public performance in Lincoln Cathedral on August 27th 2014. The performers were Rachel Knowles (soprano) and Heather Benson (piano). The occasion was the Candle-Lit Finale of the Lincoln Labyrinth Festival, a three-week celebration of ‘The Journey of Life’ centred on a labyrinth pattern created on the floor of […]

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The Quest of the Holy Grail

A new production of Rosemary’s ballad opera The Quest of the Holy Grail was performed in Lincoln Cathedral in August 2014, as part of the Lincoln Labyrinth Festival. The production was mounted by Lincoln County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (CAODS) with musical direction by Jonty Nowell and stage direction by Andrew Wydrzinski. The opera was  originally written for the pupils of […]

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