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Jane Austen’s Music – October 11, 2002 | Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Toronto
Music from the collections of Jane Austen

date: October 11, 2002

This was an enhanced version of a programme originally commissioned by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, in 1984 and entitled An Afternoon with Jane Austen.  It was repeated the next year at the Guelph Spring Festival in Ontario, then enlarged and performed as Jane Austen’s Music for the Jane Austen Society of North America in Chicago (1988) and in our own Sunday Series (1991).  This performance in 2002 was again at the invitation of JASNA, whose annual conference that year was in Toronto and who dedicated the concert to the memory of Joan Austen-Leigh (who had died almost exactly a year previously).  She (a great-great-granddaughter of Jane Austen’s brother, James Edward Austen-Leigh) was crucial in our original project and became a great friend of the Artistic Directors.  Having been asked by the ROM to prepare a Jane Austen concert, we found that this descendant of the family was living in Victoria, B.C.  While on a concert tour there, Bruce Ubukata visited Joan and, amid the energetic conversation which soon developed, discovered not only that she had spent schoolgirl years in Aldeburgh (where she recalled meeting the youthful Benjamin Britten) but that she had a cousin, Henry Jenkyns, who was still living there and who had an equally direct descent from the 19th century Austens.  Mr Jenkyns possessed some volumes of Jane Austen’s collection and it was from these, and from the collection in the Jane Austen Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, that the repertoire for this concert was drawn.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Little Jack Horner Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano anon. anon.
To Fair Fidele’s Grassy Tomb, with variations Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano anon. anon.
The Soldier’s Adieu (The Wags, or The Camp of Pleasure) Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Dibdin, Charles anon.
The Duke of York’s New March Ralls, Stephen, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus n/a
Captivity Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Storace, Stephen Dibden, J.
Lotharia Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Arne, Thomas Hill, Aaron
A Pastoral Song Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Hunter, Anne
Recollection Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Hunter, Anne
She never told her love Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Shakespeare, William
Rondo Pastoral (Grand Concerto, Op.33) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Steibelt, Daniel n/a
Andante with variations, K501 Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus n/a
William Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph anon.
The Yellow-Hair’d Laddie Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong Ramsay, Allan
The Irishman Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano anon. anon.
Robin Adair, with variations Ubukata, Bruce, piano Kiallmark, George n/a
The Match Girl Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano anon. anon.
Begone, dull care! Cleland, Rachel, soprano; Ainsworth, Colin, tenor; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano anon. anon.