Canal March

Gustav Holst and William Morris: songs for the community

Caritas Canterbury Chamber Choir

Works by G. Holst, H. Parry, and G. Finzi

William Morris and Gustav Holst shared political and aesthetic ideals. From 1896, Holst conducted the Hammersmith Socialist Choir, a worker’s choir that rehearsed at Morris’s house, for which he composed his Three Love Songs on texts by the artist. The songs reflect aesthetic ideas Holst and Morris had in common, such as the defence of simple, but beautiful art, based on local materials.

 

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