Jane Austen’s Music – October 15, 1988 | Palmer House Hotel, Chicago
Music from the collections of Jane Austen

date: October 15, 1988

Our programme was 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. This performance, as Jane Austen’s Music, was given as part of their annual conference for the Jane Austen Society of North America in Chicago.  The presentation was facilitated by the founder of the Society, Joan Austen-Leigh (a great-great-granddaughter of Jane Austen’s brother, James Edward Austen-Leigh).  She had been crucial in our original project and subsequently 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 Domoney, Kathryn; Barnes, Peter, baritone; 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) Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Dibdin, Charles anon.
The Duke of York’s New March Ralls, Stephen, piano Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus n/a
Captivity Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Storace, Stephen Dibden, J.
Lotharia Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Arne, Thomas Hill, Aaron
A Pastoral Song Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Hunter, Anne
Recollection Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Hunter, Anne
Rondo Pastoral (Grand Concerto, Op.33) Ralls, Stephen, piano Steibelt, Daniel n/a
She never told her love Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph Shakespeare, William
William Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Haydn, Franz Joseph anon.
The Yellow-Hair’d Laddie Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong Ramsay, Allan
The Irishman Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano anon. anon.
Robin Adair, with variations Ubukata, Bruce, piano Kiallmark, George n/a
The Match Girl Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano anon. anon.
Begone, dull care! Domoney, Kathryn, soprano; Barnes, Peter, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano anon. anon.