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Eton and Winchester

First line:
Though Itchen flows apart the Thames
author of text

The essential spirit of cricket as promoted in R.T. Warner’s lyrics: ‘let chivalry not victory sound loudest in our ears’ and ‘elevens ever friends!’ leaves no room for much modern practice on and off the field. The accompanying music by Frederick Septimus Kelly has a similar contemporary feel: late Victorian/early Edwardian and based on sound harmonic principles à la Parry and Stanford, the vitality and movement is never allowed to flag. Besides being a brilliant pianist and promising composer, Kelly was an outstanding oarsman. The fourth son of an Irish father and Australian mother and educated at Sydney Grammar School, Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, he took part in the 1903 Boat Race. A winner of the Diamond Sculls in a record time that stood for three decades, he was also one of the Leander Crew that won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley for three successive years from 1903 and a gold medallist for Great Britain in the Eights at the 1908 Olympics. A close friend of poet Rupert Brooke, Kelly also died tragically in the First World War. Having survived Gallipoli though wounded twice and been awarded the DSC, 35-year-old Kelly was killed when rushing a German machine post during the Battle of the Somme.

from notes by David Allen © 2011


Songs of Cricket
SIGCD217Download only


Track 12 on SIGCD217 [4'10] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD217 track 12

Recording date
28 February 2011
Recording venue
Air Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Jake Jackson & Chris Barrett
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs of Cricket (SIGCD217)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: July 2011
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