David Jones to embark on ‘Song Cycle’ in honour of Vaughan Williams3:35, 23rd April 2018
To mark the 60th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’ death, baritone David Jones will embark on Song Cycle, a one thousand mile musical pilgrimage on bicycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Travelling on his folding Brompton bike for a month, Jones will stop in nine places along the route to give public concerts, at which he will perform Vaughan Williams’ Song of Travel.
Written between 1901 and 1904, the song cycle is drawn from Robert Louis Stevenson’s volume of poems Songs of Travel and Other Verses, and offers a British take on the Romantic theme of the wayfarer.
Jones will explore how travelling through the scenery that inspired Vaughan Williams changes his sensibility and deepens his interpretation of the songs. He will also reflect on how the physical demands of the journey affect the presentation of the music on the day.
Jones will cycle through the Scottish landscapes that inspired Stevenson, as well as the English ones that were dear to Vaughan Williams, passing close to the birthplaces of both. In homage to the latter’s expeditions into the countryside to collect folk songs, the programmes for the concerts will pair the Songs of Travel with a selection of folk songs from along the route.
The project will be carried out in support of the charity Live Music Now, which was founded in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin.
For a full schedule of performances visit: https://www.song-cycle.com/