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The Vauday Part Songs

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The castle and park of Grimsthorpe in Lincolnshire which inspired The Vauday Part Songs are the product of a millennium of English History. The park itself contains the pre-history of England in the remnant of Kesteven Forest. The four poems explore the themes of time and eternity, divine purpose in human history and the nature and meaning of memory. The Oaks opens up the scale of time taken in the creation of the Grimsthorpe landscape, describing one of the ancient ‘Kesteven’ Oaks; its free form allows for open-ended reflection. Stone, in the form of an Elizabethan Sonnet, tells the story of the key period in Grimsthorpe’s history, the dissolution of the Cistercian Abbey of Vauday, and the destruction of the Abbey by Charles Brandon to make a royal lodging. The Carriageway takes the listener on a journey through the park from the Little Bytham gates through the site of Vauday, past the lake and up to the castle. The poem is in the form of a lyrical ballad and reflects the romantic ideal of beauty at work in the design of the park. In Memoriam is the result of many hours of worship and prayer in the chapel, its free form echoing the mystical qualities of The Oaks. It touches the deep humanity at the heart of this place and community. The Vauday Part Songs were commissioned by the St Peter’s Singers who also performed the premiere at Grimsthorpe Castle in the summer of 2005.

from notes by Andrew Hawes & Patrick Hawes © 2009


Hawes: Songs of Songs
Studio Master: SIGCD162Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: The oaks  The landscape honours you
Track 11 on SIGCD162 [3'19] Download only
No 2: Stone  You lay for ages hidden under ground
Track 12 on SIGCD162 [3'21] Download only
No 3: The carriageway  Horse chestnut candles light the carriageway
Track 13 on SIGCD162 [3'20] Download only
No 4: In memoriam  Here, sorrow seeks solace
Track 14 on SIGCD162 [4'25] Download only

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