ROMA JOHNSON (contralto)
Leader, FRANK THOMAS
' Linden Lea ' is considered by some to be not onlv one of the most beautiful songs Vaughan Williams ever wrote, but one of the finest ever written. The words of this are by that poet of the people, William Barnes of Dorset, whose poems Thomas Hardy, himself a Dorset man, loved so much and spoke so feelingly about.
Sir Charles Stanford wrote two sets of sea songs, both to poems by Sir Henry Newbolt-' Songs of the Sea' and ' Songs of the Fleet'. The former cycle, consisting of five songs, is the more popular. Besides being breezy and thoroughly English, it is, in a musical sense, as fine a set of sea songs as has been composed in recent times.
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