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A Musical Tour of Rural Memories

Favourite tunes from the world of broadcasting, along with some of the best of British light music create an album with a distinctly country flavour, from Barwick Green (The Archers) to The Sleepy Lagon (Desert Island Discs). A delightful evocation of English country life.

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Country Living A Musical Tour of Rural Memories

Favourite songs form the world of broadcasting, along with some of the best of British light music create an album with a distinctly country flavour, from Barwick Green (The Archers) to the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs). A delightful evocation of English country life.

1. Barwick Green (The Archers) Arthur Wood
Sidney Torch and his Orchestra
2. On a Spring Note Sidney Torch
Sidney Torch and his Orchestra
3. By the Sleepy Lagoon (Desert Island Discs) Eric Coates
Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eric Coates
4. Rippling Waters Donald Thorne

5. Romantic Interlude Clive Richardson
6. The Starlings Charles Williams
Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra
7. Woodland Revel George Melachrino
Melachrino Orchestra
8. Seascape Tony Lowry
9. Evensong Easthope Martin
Peter Yorke and his Concert Orchestra
10. Pastorale Ronald Hanmer
Sidney Torch and the New Century Orchestra
11. Morning Canter Arnold Steck
12. Paddle Boat Joyce Cochrane
13. Lake of the Woods Robert Farnon
14. Songe D'Automne Archibald Joyce
Sidney Torch and the New Century Orchestra
15. Pastoral Montage Gideon Fagan
16. Dancer at the Fair John Fortis
Charles Shadwell and his Orchestra
17. Moon in the Sky Billy Reid
18. Watersmeet Conrad Leonard
Sidney Torch and the New Century Orchestra
19. Pastoral Dance, from 'Nell Gwyn' Edward German
20. Autumn Scene J Jack Brown
Sidney Torch and the New Century Orchestra
21. A Quiet Stroll Charles Williams
22. The Old Clockmaker Charles Williams


CCL CDG1109
P & C 2004 Classical Communications Ltd
Cover image: Jo Cornish/Country Life Picture Library
Programme notes by Martin Moritz
Made in Great Britain


Country Living A Musical Tour of Rural Memories

Britain is a relatively small country and yet it contains an infinite variety of scenery. You do not have to look too far to discover a different scene and, quite often, a totally different type of landscape.

The constantly changing face of the countryside has had a great effect on British writers and painters and there can not be that many landscapes that have not inspired or influenced, at least, one famous painter or author. Indeed, one is still aware of the unspoilt rural life being the principal theme of many works of art. From Daphne du Maurier's Cornwall, 'Constable Country' (the countryside and villages on the Essex/Suffolk border) to James Herriot's beloved North Yokshire and Thomas Hardy's Casterbridge ( a thinly-disguised Dorchester).

Daphne du Maurier was captivated by the dramatic landscape of Cornwall. In her book 'Vanishing Cornwall', she writes feelingly about the freedom to write, walk, wander, climb hills and go boating that this beautiful county offered her. She first came to Cornwall in the 1920s and she made it her home for the rest of her life. Most of her books are based on real or fictional places in Cornwall.

Her story, 'Jamaica Inn', was inspired by the coaching inn that is perched on the top of Bodmin Moor. It is a most impressive landscape with marshes, valleys, woods and granite tors. Her best-known work is 'Rebecca', the story of a young woman's marriage to a rich but mysterious widower. The setting is Manderley on the Cornish coast, which in reality was the Menabilly estate near Fowey, where du Maurier lived for many years, and the nearby Polridmouth Cove.

'I love every stile and stump and lane….as long as I am able to hold a brush I shall never cease to paint them.' John Constable immortalised the countryside and villages of his native Stour Valley on canvas. It is located on the border of Suffolk and Essex and is known universally through his inimitable paintings. It is 'Constable Country'.

He is arguably our best-loved artist. He was born in 1776 in East Bergholt in Suffolk, the son of a prosperous corn merchant. Many of his paintings enshrine the landscape of gentle hills and valleys sprinkled with streams, charming cottages and churches which have virtually remained unchanged, to the extent that you can identify the exact spots where Constable painted. Walking along the towpath from East Bergholt to Flatford Mill and then to Willy Lott's Cottage, you suddenly realise that this was his setting for The Hay Wain.

The breathtaking beauty of North Yorkshire and the lives of its inhabitants are wonderfully brought to life in the heart-touching novels of James Herriot, each one dealing with the experiences of a country vet. He began writing at the age of fifty as a release from his veterinary work and based the bulk of his tales on real life incidents and characters that he had met in the moors and dales around Thirsk.

Thirsk is in the centre of what is now known as 'Herriot Country', with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the west and the North York Moors National Park to the east. The lovely Dales, with tiny villages and isolated farmsteads dotted around, will be familiar to millions of viewers of the TV adaptations of his books, 'All Creatures Great and Small', set in the fictional village of Askrigg.

We hope that our programme of picturesque, musical landscapes, which fittingly opens with The Archers' signature tune, will act as an appropriate souvenir of 'our green and pleasant land'.






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