Interview

A conversation between David Calvert of YTV and founder Agnes Grisdale, October 1979 David: Your choir has just sung the words of Walter de la Mere's poem Music.  I understand that the music for this poem was written especially for you. Agnes: Yes, the song was written for the Lawnswood High School Centenary Celebration Concert in 1954 and some members of this choir actually sang at that first performance-a mere 25 years ago. The composer was Edwin Smith and he very kindly offered to write a musical setting to a poem of my choice and I chose these verses because, somehow, they expressed the very essence of what music means to me. When music sounds gone is the earth I know, And all the lovelier things even lovelier grow and so on and so I've always been very grateful to have those words clothed with the beauty of musical sounds. David: Agnes, your life has been filled with music.  Can you tell me what music means to you? Agnes: That's difficult-it means everything!  It's quite frankly, the language of the soul.  I believe it was Sir Edward Elgar who once said, Music is in the air. You simply take as much of it as you want. Well, I need a great deal.  I need it for inspiration, for pleasure and for comfort.  Somehow, it has this priceless, ageless quality about it that somehow takes me out of every day existence into the sublime. David: So would you say that music is an expression of that fullness of life which Christians believe is here for us all? Agnes: I believe it is.  After all, Christian faith is not merely expressed on Sundays is it? It's relevant to every moment of life.  You have only to think of the glorious sounds that come from Westminster Abbey on State occasions, and the music from our cathedrals and churches to realise that music does have a place in our human emotions and, of course, it also expresses the light-hearted, joyous occasions when life is full of fun and happiness.  I believe that music has a very valuable contribution to make to this world in which we all live. .
The Lawnswood Singers
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Interview

Interview

A conversation between David Calvert of YTV and founder Agnes Grisdale, October 1979 David: Your choir has just sung the words of Walter de la Mere's poem Music.  I understand that the music for this poem was written especially for you. Agnes: Yes, the song was written for the Lawnswood High School Centenary Celebration Concert in 1954 and some members of this choir actually sang at that first performance-a mere 25 years ago. The composer was Edwin Smith and he very kindly offered to write a musical setting to a poem of my choice and I chose these verses because, somehow, they expressed the very essence of what music means to me. When music sounds gone is the earth I know, And all the lovelier things even lovelier grow and so on and so I've always been very grateful to have those words clothed with the beauty of musical sounds. David: Agnes, your life has been filled with music.  Can you tell me what music means to you? Agnes: That's difficult-it means everything!  It's quite frankly, the language of the soul.  I believe it was Sir Edward Elgar who once said, Music is in the air. You simply take as much of it as you want. Well, I need a great deal.  I need it for inspiration, for pleasure and for comfort.  Somehow, it has this priceless, ageless quality about it that somehow takes me out of every day existence into the sublime. David: So would you say that music is an expression of that fullness of life which Christians believe is here for us all? Agnes: I believe it is.  After all, Christian faith is not merely expressed on Sundays is it? It's relevant to every moment of life.  You have only to think of the glorious sounds that come from Westminster Abbey on State occasions, and the music from our cathedrals and churches to realise that music does have a place in our human emotions and, of course, it also expresses the light-hearted, joyous occasions when life is full of fun and happiness.  I believe that music has a very valuable contribution to make to this world in which we all live. .
The Lawnswood Singers
© 2017 The Lawnswood Singers
Interview