For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth

Friday 10th July at 7.30pm
St Peter’s Church


Soprano – Elin Manahan Thomas
Harp – Catrin Finch

Rutter: For the beauty of the earth
Purcell: Fairest Isle – Music for a while
Howard: Birdsong
Dilys Elwyn Edwards: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Rutter: Beth yw’r haf I mi

Trad. Folksongs sequence – Y deryn du/Dafydd y Garreg Wen/Bugeilio’r gwenith gwyn
Rutter: Clare Benediction
Handel: Where’er you walk – Ombra mai fu
Novello: We’ll gather lilacs
Rose of England
Trad. The last rose of summer
Catrin Finch: Clear Sky
Faure: In Paradisum
Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing

Budleigh Festival 2020 launches with an opportunity to hear two of Britain’s leading musicians in a unique recital of song. Elin Manahan Thomas performed to over a billion people in 2017 at Harry & Meghan’s wedding, whilst Catrin Finch is one of the world’s leading harpist and previously Harpist Royal to the Prince of Wales. They have come together to celebrate the music of John Rutter, who is 75 this year. John Rutter’s amazing gift for melody has made him one of Britain’s most loved living composers. Elin and Catrin’s recital also includes the very best of British song from Purcell to traditional folk songs from their Welsh homeland.

See Elin Manahan Thomas perform on YouTube

See Catrin Finch perform on YouTube


Pre-concert Reception at 6.15pm for Festival Friends only
at St. Peter’s Church
.