Extraordinary: A Celebration of the Life & Music of George Butterworth

Extraordinary: A Celebration of the Life & Music of George Butterworth

Thursday 17 August 2023
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


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George Butterworth was a musical master in the making to many, a brave leader to others, a cypher to some and a tender friend to a few. Throughout his life, he appears to have been torn between his inner desires, and his outward projection of seamlessly fitting into Edwardian morality, which was not an easy feat for the time.

This performance uses his complete ‘A Shropshire Lad and Other Songs’ song cycle, which sets A. E. Housman’s sexually and powerfully charged poetry to music for Piano and Baritone. There’s also other selections of Butterworth‘s symphonic masterpieces and folk songs arranged for piano, coupled with memories and comments by those that knew him form this production.

This semi-staged dramatisation explores the context of the relatively short life of this seminal, early 20th century composer as well as of the demons that pursued Butterworth and the elegiac love for fellow man that consumed him. The fully staged work was created in August 2016 to commemorate the centenary of Butterworth’s death in WWI at the Somme and to celebrate the context of why he chose to do what he did with the time that he had.

Richard Court: Baritone/Actor
Mark Packwood: Accompanist/Actor
Duncan Macfarland: Director

More about Butterworth: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Butterworth


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