WHEN THAT TREE WENT - Poems & Songs about everything under the Sun (and Moon)
BBC’S WONDERMENTALIST CABARET POET TO PERFORM WITH
THE SOUTH DEVON SINGERS IN DAWLISH - 30th OCTOBER 2021
“Something really special. I never thought I’d enjoy listening to someone read poetry! The music was so refreshing - original, well-arranged, and the piano accompaniment was just awesome. I loved it!”
This was one of many compliments paid to the South Devon Singers after their concert at Ermington alongside much-loved poet Matt Harvey - host of the Wondermentalist Cabaret Radio 4 series. The choir will be repeating their performance at Dawlish’s Strand Community Centre on Saturday 30th October at 7pm, again in cahoots with the brilliant Totnesian bard.
Another audience member wrote “a thoroughly engaging evening of David Haines’ wonderful music and Matt Harvey’s delicious verse. They meld together to give a fun,
thought-provoking and satisfying mix.”
Matt Harvey is renowned for his wit and wordplay - sometimes laugh-out-loud silly, even deliberately naff, other times so subtle and intricate that your brain has to play catch-up before it suddenly gets the joke and you find yourself giggling two lines later. His poems can be light-hearted observations on human nature, or inspired by a unique perspective on our race’s frailties and strengths. Whether they move the heart or tickle the ribs, his verses always open a window to a different and surprising view of the world.
David Haines’ music embraces an equally broad range of genres and subjects. His enthusiasm for writing choral music inspired by science has resulted in his becoming the world’s first Songwriter-in-Residence with a science festival - in Cambridge, Massachusetts with MIT’s annual science jamboree. Premiered at Dawlish Leisure Centre in 1999, his Powers of Ten science oratorio opened the USA’s first national Science and Engineering Festival on the perfect date - 10.10.10. “I’m a community-based musician and composer”, says Haines, who lives in Teignmouth, “but, through a peculiar set of circumstances, on both sides of the Atlantic!”.
Timed to coincide with a date chosen for a nationwide day of special events by the group Musicians Declare An Emergency, the concert on 30th October will feature songs written by Haines over four decades - inspired by nature generally, and by environmental issues specifically. “Don’t worry, they’re not all grim and depressing!” he promises.
Four Billion Years is indeed a lament, composed as long ago as 1988, concerning the Sixth Great Extinction, which is currently wiping out species at an unprecedented rate, as a result of pollution, habitat loss and climate change. By contrast, Take Care of the Earth is an uplifting antidote, encouraging us to share the knowledge science has brought us, and to take action to mitigate the ongoing catastrophe. Nearly all the songs are fun and lively, such as Biodiversity, Gardener and Worm, Compost, Tree, and Timber. For even lighter relief, the choir will be performing arrangements of Blue Moon and Tiptoe Through The Tulips, and ending the evening with What a Wonderful World!.
RED EARTH OPERA COMPANY
La Clemenza di Tito
Semi-staged in English
Musical Director Jane Anderson- Brown
Vitellia Helen Bailey
Sesto Louise Mott
Servilia Camilla Foster Mitchell
Annio Helena Payne
Tito Hugh Legg
Publio Will O'Brien
Red Earth Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Saturday 7th October
St Andrews Church, Paignton
Sunday 8th October
Chudleigh Parish Church