Afternoon concert tells story of British ex-pat baritone with help of two fantastic Toronto singers
This afternoon's Aldeburgh Connection concert is all about Campbell McInnes the Lancastershire lad who premiered The Shropshire Lad before moving to Toronto in 1919 to become a lively musical fixture as a performer, teacher and concert presenter. (He died in 1945.)
(According to the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, McInnes's other notable premieres in England included Vaughan William's Sea Symphony and the Five Mystical Songs.)
Alderburgh Connection pianists and co-artistic directors Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata have invited tenor Michael Colvin and fabulous baritone Brett Polegato to help tell the tale in words and music.
The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. at University of Toronto's Walter Hall. For details, click here.
I don't know the details of today's programme, but it could be that the Five Mystical Songs, which set poems by George Herbert, are on it. They are gorgeous.
Here is baritone Thomas Allen singing the full, original orchestra-and-chorus version, with conductor Leonard Slatkin at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall in 2004: