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The Lamb by John Tavener

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Visits to a bird hide on the Steart Marshes are accompanied by this haunting song for folk singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane.

Away from the concert platform, five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives.

Folk singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane recalls multiple visits made over time to a bird hide on the Steart Marshes. High up, overlooking panoramic views of the Bridgwater Bay, Kitty always had Tavener’s haunting song The Lamb playing as a soundtrack in her mind. The meeting of the natural world of the bay and the man-made intervention of Hinkley Point nuclear power station was mirrored by the juxtaposition of innocence and experience in William Blake’s words to this song. Tavener’s music accompanied Kitty’s coming-of-age acceptance of the duality of life.

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Mon 13 Jan 2020 22:45


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