William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience gets a new musical setting

Portrait of William Blake

On 28 and 30 April, Trinity Laban’s a cappella vocal ensemble Rubythroat performs alongside acclaimed tenor James Gilchrist at two premiere concerts of Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing, a song cycle composed by Julian Marshall and inspired by William Blake’s most famous work.

William Blake’s illustrated collection of poems Songs of Innocence and Experience is one of the most iconic Romantic literary works. Composer Julian Marshall has composed Dark Disputes and Artful Teasing, a cycle of 14 songs featuring poems from the collection. The cycle explores a diverse range of musical styles, reflecting both the diversity of Songs of Innocence and Experience and Marshall’s music tastes.

Trinity Laban’s eight-piece ensemble Rubythroat and solo tenor James Gilchrist will be conducted by rising-star conductor George Jackson, the current Sir Charles Mackerras Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban.

The concert on Thursday 28 April takes place at St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico. Tickets and more information can be found on the Trinity Laban website.

The second concert is on Saturday 30 April at St Michael’s Church in Framlingham, Suffolk. Tickets and information can be found on the Trinity Laban website.