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Upstairs / Downstairs – February 5, 1995 | Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto
The English musical scene from about 1900 to 1930, comparing and contrasting art music with popular music

date: February 5, 1995

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 newspapers, diaries and memoirs of the period. Relevant performers were highlighted, including Dames Clara Butt and Nellie Melba, Marie Lloyd and Gertrude Lawrence. The programme was first performed in March 1986 and revived several times through the succeeding decades. This particular event brought us back for the first time to the Great Hall of Hart House, the scene of the Aldeburgh Connection’s first concert in 1982.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Just a song at twilight Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Molloy, James Bingham, Graham Clifton
Let’s all go down the Strand Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Castling, Harry / Murphy, C.W. anon.
In Haven: Capri, Op.37/2 (Sea Pictures) Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Elgar, Sir Edward Elgar, C.Alice
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Lehmann, Liza Shakespeare, William
A fairy went a-marketing Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Goodhart, Arthur M. Fyleman, Rose
Goodbye! Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Tosti, Sir Paolo Whyte-Melville, George John
The Banks of Allan Water Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Scottish folksong anon.
Isobel Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Bridge, Frank Goddard-Fenwick, Digby
Josh-u-ah Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Arthurs, George / Lee, Bert Arthurs, George / Lee, Bert
Waiting at the Church! Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Ralls, Stephen, piano Leigh, Fred / Arthurs, George Leigh, Fred / Arthurs, George
In summer time on Bredon (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Somervell, Sir Arthur Housman, Alfred Edward
The street sounds to the soldiers’ tread (A Shropshire Lad) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Somervell, Sir Arthur Housman, Alfred Edward
Keep the home fires burning Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Novello, Ivor Ford, Lena Guilbert
A Hymn for Aviators Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Parry, Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Hamilton, Mary
Marching song of the Royal Flying Corps Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, bass Converse, Charles anon.
With rue my heart is laden (Bredon Hill and other songs) Westman, James, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Butterworth, George Housman, Alfred Edward
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I do like to be beside the seaside Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, 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) Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Novello, Ivor Titheradge, Dion
Willow, willow Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano English folksong, arr. Grainger, Percy anon.
The British Waterside (or The Jolly Sailor) Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, 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 folk-song Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Gershwin, George Gershwin, Ira
Some day I’ll find you (Private Lives) Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Ralls, Stephen, piano Coward, Sir Noël Coward, Sir Noël
The Tale of the Oyster Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Let’s do it (Paris) Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole
Let’s do it (Paris) (reprise) ENCORE Robinson, Jennifer, soprano; Fidlar, Jacqui Lynn, mezzo; Westman, James, baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, piano Porter, Cole Porter, Cole