Saturday 12 May 2018 at 7.30pm
at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Join Granta Chorale for an entertainment for all ages in words and music. Writer Nick Warburton as the affable Samuel Pepys leads us into his world of Restoration London. With extracts from his diary and other anecdotes, he introduces a wide range of choral music sung by Granta Chorale.
The programme includes pieces from Pepys' own time such as Purcell’s Hear my Prayer and Fairest Isle, as well as music from other eras which links to Pepsyian themes, for example Holst’s I Love my Love and Swansea Fair and music by Tallis and Orban.
Among more recent works is Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town, a highly melodic cycle of five songs in which guest performers SignuptoSing (the youth choir of Saffron Walden Choral Society) join Granta Chorale with piano duet accompaniment from Richard Carr and Sarah Cattley.
The momentous diary years from 1660 and the spirit of London are brought to life through an eclectic mix of speech and song.
There is too a local connection …
From his diary, we know that on Monday 27th February 1659 Samuel Pepys got up early to begin his journey from Cambridge back to London. He and his companion stopped at Saffron Walden where they stabled their horses at the White Hart Inn (thought to have been on the corner of Church St. and High St.). From there they were taken on foot through the Park to Audley End House, where they were shown around. Pepys commented that it was exceedingly worth seeing. He also drank ‘a most admirable drink, a health to the King’ in the cellar, where he also played on his flageolet.
On his way back to the town his guide took him through the almshouses. Here they brought Pepys a drink in a brown bowl, tipped with silver. When he finished the drink a picture of the Virgin and Child, done in silver, was revealed in the bottom of the bowl.
A replica of this ‘mazer bowl’ can be seen today, displayed in Saffron Walden Museum.
Returning to the White Hart Inn, Pepys and his companion partook of a meal and then continued their journey, spending the night in Epping.
Location: Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden.