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3pm Sunday 17 December 2017

“The Holy City: Parlour Songs for Christmas”

presented by The Weatherly Club

Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia

You are hereby cordially invited to attend a special Christmas presentation by The Weatherly Club, a society dedicated to the appreciation of the Edwardian Parlour Song.

The spirit of these songs is epitomised by the most celebrated and prolific lyricist of the era, Frederic E. Weatherly (1848-1929), best known for penning the immortal words of “Danny Boy.” Weatherly was also the author of over a thousand other lyrics set to music by the greatest popular song composers of his day. His most successful creative partnership was with Stephen Adams (pen-name of acclaimed baritone Michael Maybrick), and their long-lasting collaboration produced many magnificent songs.

This programme presents parlour songs by Weatherly and Adams, inspired by themes of Christmas, including “The Star of Bethlehem,” “The City of Light,” “The Light of the World,” and of course “The Holy City,” as well as A. H. Behrend’s exquisite “The Gift,” and selections from George F. Root’s Christmas cantata “Bethlehem.” Flute solos of the period will complement the songs.

Your host for the afternoon is John Hardy, well known raconteur and vocalist. He will be joined by esteemed West Australian mezzo-soprano Eva-Marie Middleton and British pianist Lisa Rowntree, with flautist Emily Gunson.

We look forward to your company at this elegant event!

Tickets $37, $32 concessions & seniors. Admission includes programme, lyrics booklet & afternoon tea at interval.

For all enquiries please phone 9574 1591.