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Thread #152061   Message #3635770
Posted By: GUEST
22-Jun-14 - 06:23 PM
Thread Name: Commemmorating Cicely - 21 June 2014, Devon
Subject: RE: Commemmorating Cicely - 21 June 2014, Devon
Congratulations to the organisers and all the volunteers at the CELEBRATING CICELY event in Bow, Devon.
Although the concert was rather long, there were some twenty performers to be fitted in, so the twin breaks worked fine.
Food and liquid refreshment were very good -lovely chicken curry.
Wonderful to hear so many poems and their musical settings.
Two years in the making, but twelve years since the idea was first mooted.
Regretfully, I was unable to make the final singaround, due to circumstances beyond my control.
One particular highlight was a local resident reading "The Old Cob Wall" in her Devonian accent.
So poignant to end the concert with the late Sara Morgan's musical setting "Home Lads Home" sung (to the original poem "Homeward")by Moira Craig. This popular song has greatly brought to the attention of a wider public, the poems of Cicely Fox Smith.

My own renditions were "The Figurehead" (overlooked by the editors of The Complete Poems of Cicely Fox Smith --1st edition) and "Old Fastnet" to a musical setting by Dick Miles -- and thank you for that Dick!
The organisers hope to have both a DVD & CD available soon (watch this space!)