Window on the World Talk: The Carol, the Carter and the Collectors – T271 (Face to Face and Online)
24 November 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm GMT
Irene has had an interest in traditional folksong from an early age. She has been a resident singer at the Music Institute Folk Club in Guildford since it began in 2005 and is a keen researcher of folk song collectors.
Irene will follow the journey of the Christmas carol Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, from its 19th century origins in Philadelphia to its publication in England with a new tune and arrangement in 1906. Irene will look at the various individuals who played their part in this journey. She will also focus on the life and music of Henry Garman, the elderly Surrey farm labourer who introduced two important Surrey folk song collectors – the Rev John Broadwood and Ralph Vaughan Williams – to the ballad which was later to form the basis of the well-loved tune now sung every year at Christmas.
Please note: Due to easing of social distancing measures, face to face talks currently have a capacity of 45 attendees. This is set at 65% of full capacity to ensure safety for our users. We will endeavour to increase this number to full capacity in due course.
This talk will be delivered face to face and online (via Zoom) simultaneously. Please ensure that you select the correct ticket type when making your booking.
V Café at The Guildford Institute provides a friendly catering service using high quality, fresh, vegetarian and vegan ingredients.
The perfect way to give a treat to someone special who takes real pleasure in learning new things and taking part in great activities.