The concert celebrated the life of Gloucestershire-born writer Laurie Lee with actors Charlie Hamblett and Anton Lesser at The Amphitheatre, set in a beautiful setting offering a panoramic countryside view onto the ancient wold between Stow, Moreton and Chipping Norton. From the lush Gloucestershire countryside Lee made famous in Cider with Rosie, to the dry landscapes of Spain, via the music of Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Britten, Albeniz, De Falla and Turina. Actors Anton Lesser (who played the role of Qyburn in the series Game of Thrones) and Charlie Hamblett (Killing Eve, Around the World in Eighty Days) starred in this beautiful with Mark Ashford on guitar.
Photography by Alexis Knight Photography
Jamila Gavin, part of the team that has created the first ever Laurie Lee Prize for Writing, introduced the evening.
Performed to a sold-out crowd who were wisely prepared for all weather!
Then the rain came! Charlie Hamblett and Anton Lesser star as Laurie Lee.
This concert featured the following players:
Violin: David Le Page, Noriko Tsuzaki
Violin 2: Philip Gallaway, Caroline Mitchell
Viola 1: Rose Redgrave, Vanessa Murby
Cello: Chris Allan, Bryony James
Bass: Antonia Bakewell
Flute: Diane Clark
Harp: Rita Schindler
Guitar: Mark Ashford
“Nothing defines the Orchestra of the Swan better than its commitment to new repertoire….(with) programmes (that) have a knack of making connections which are genuinely stimulating”