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The Journals of Susanna Moodie – June 9, 1992 | Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
A visit to 19th century Ontario

date:  June 9, 1992

A programme with this title was first presented in Walter Hall, Toronto, on May 13, 1990.  This adaptation was made for our UK tour in 1992.  (Because of the exigencies of touring, we had to omit Margaret Atwood’s poems and John Beckwith’s exciting music which accompanied them.  We were, however, able to include excerpts from Contrasts, a suite of songs newly written for us by Derek Holman.) The redoubtable pioneer, Susanna Moodie, had long fascinated us, her story only acquiring more significance when we discovered that she lived as a child and young woman in Reydon, Suffolk, just a few miles north of Aldeburgh.  Songs were mostly from the early 19th century, together with extracts from Moodie’s own writings; some examples of Canadian song appeared as our heroine settled in Ontario.  Our reader throughout the concert was the Scottish actress, Jane Keal.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Oh! can you leave your native land? – A Canadian song Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong Moodie, Susanna
The Foggy, Foggy Dew Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Suffolk folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Oliver Cromwell Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Suffolk folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin anon.
Allegro (Duett in E flat) Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Webbe Jr., Samuel n/a
Vaga luna che inargenti Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Bellini, Vincenzo anon.
Now I’m prepar’d Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, conductor Webbe Sr., Samuel anon.
Tom Bowling Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ralls, Stephen, piano Dibdin, Charles Dibdin, Charles
The Warning Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Hook, James Rowson, Susanna
How sweet the answer Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Irish folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin Moore, Thomas
Welcome, welcome little bark Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Moodie, J.W.Dunbar Moodie, Susanna
The Canadian Herd-Boy Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Moodie, J.W.Dunbar Moodie, Susanna
Les Raftsmen Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano French-Canadian lumbermen’s song, arr.Greer, John anon.
Canadian Boat Song Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Moore, Thomas Moore, Thomas
The Canadian Sleigh Song Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Russell, Henry Mackay, Charles
At the mid hour of night Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Irish folksong, arr. Britten, Benjamin Moore, Thomas
Oh! can you leave your native land? – A Canadian Song (Contrasts) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Holman, Derek Moodie, Susanna
I am a Canadian (Contrasts) Brett, Kathleen, soprano; Maguire, Linda, mezzo; Boutet, Benoît, tenor; Oland, Erik, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Holman, Derek Redbird, Duke