Saturday 19 Mar 2016
The Fallen Elm
The new commission for Fringe in the Fen composed by our festival director Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, and which is to be premiered at Proms in the Park on Sunday 10 July, now has the haunting title ‘The fallen elm’.
Performed alongside Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Graham’s new work, The fallen elm, takes its inspiration from the poem of the same name by John Clare. The first performance will be given on the closing evening of the Festival by violinist and Clare alumnus Jamie Campbell and Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, under Graham’s direction.
This year’s Fringe Festival celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, regarded by many as the finest English landscape designer, who owned the parish of Fenstanton and Hilton and is buried in the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul in the village.
The new commission is to be bequeathed to Macmillan Cancer Support so that all future performances and recording rights will be donated to the excellent work of the charity. This will form a wonderful legacy from the national celebrations of Capability Brown.