What is Song Cycle?
First dreamed up by baritone David Jones while still a student, cycling through the streets of London, Song Cycle is a musical pilgrimage that marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Travelling a thousand miles from John O' Groats to Land's End on his Brompton folding bike, David Jones will give performances of Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel along the way, seeking an ever deeper connection with these timeless songs.
He will pass through the Scottish landscapes that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson, the poet of Songs of Travel as well as the English ones that were so dear to Vaughan Williams himself. In homage to the composer's expeditions into the countryside to collect folksongs, Jones will pair the Songs of Travel with a selection of folksongs from along his chosen route.
Song Cycle is raising awareness of the vital work of Yehudi Menuhin's charity Live Music Now, which works to bring live music to people that otherwise would not have access to it, with a focus on older people in residential homes and those living with dementia. A collection for Live Music Now will be made at all Song Cycle concerts.