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Upstairs/Downstairs – June 2, 2012 | Town Hall, Bayfield, ON
The English musical scene from about 1900 to 1930, comparing and contrasting art music with popular music

date: June 2, 2012

On the first Saturday night of the sixth annual Bayfield Festival of Song, three talented and versatile singers presented three decades of English songs, from music-hall hits, drawing-room ballads and folksongs through to the triumph of American popular music in the 1930s.  The atmosphere of entertainment “upstairs” and “downstairs” was contrasted with the aid of extracts from newpapers, diaries and memoirs of the period.  Relevant performers were highlighted, including Dames Clara Butt and Nellie Melba, Marie Lloyd and Gertrude Lawrence.

SONG ARTIST COMPOSER POET
Just a song at twilight Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Molloy, James Bingham, Graham Cifton
Let’s all go down the Strand Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Castling, Harry / Murphy, C.W. anon.
In Haven (Sea Pictures) Latham, Megan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Elgar, C.Alice
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Lehmann, Liza Shakespeare, William
A fairy went a-marketing Latham, Megan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Goodhart, Arthur M., Fyleman, Rose
Goodbye! Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tosti, Sir Paolo Whyte-Melville, George John
The Banks of Allan Water Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong anon.
Isobel Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Bridge, Frank Goddard-Fenwick, Digby
Josh-u-ah Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Arthurs, George / Lee, Bert Arthurs, George / Lee, Bert
Waiting at the Church! Latham, Megan, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Leigh, Fred W. / Pether, Henry E. Leigh, Fred W. / Pether, Henry E.
In summer time on Bredon (A Shropshire Lad) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Somervell, Sir Arthur Housman, Alfred Edward
The street sounds to the soldier’s tread (A Shropshire Lad) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Somervell, Sir Arthur Housman, Alfred Edward
Keep the home fires burning Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Novello, Ivor Ford, Lena Guilbert
A Hymn for Aviators Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Parry, Sir Hubert, Bart. Hamilton, Mary
Marching song of the Royal Flying Corps Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, bass Converse, Charles anon.
With rue my heart is laden (Bredon Hill and other songs) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
INTERMISSION
I do like to be beside the seaside Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Glover-Kind, John A. Glover-Kind, John A.
Tango-Pasodoble (Façade) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Walton, Sir William, arr. Lambert, Constant n/a
And her mother came too (A to Z) Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Novello, Ivor Titheradge, Dion
Willow, willow Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano English folksong, arr. Grainger, Percy anon.
The British Waterside (or The Jolly Sailor) Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Nottinghamshire folksong, arr. Grainger, Percy anon.
Faeroe Island Dance-Folksong (Let’s dance gay in green meadow) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Faeroe Island folksong, arr. Grainger, Percy n/a
The real American folksong Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Gershwin, George Gershwin, Ira
Someday I’ll find you (Private Lives) Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Coward, Sir Noël Coward, Sir Noël
The Tale of the Oyster Latham, Megan, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Let’s do it (Paris) Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Let’s do it (Paris) (reprise) – ENCORE Hatfield, Virginia, soprano; Latham, Megan, mezzo; Sirett, Geoffrey, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole