Concert to celebrate centenary of Brooke poem

Rupert Brooke

A concert in the Fitzwilliam Museum on 26 June will celebrate a hundred years since Rupert Brooke wrote the poem ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’.

Brooke read Classics at King's and graduated in 1909. He continued his research into English literature and moved into The Old Vicarage, Grantchester. He wrote his famous poem about the house in a fit of homesickness in Berlin in May 1912. The following year he was elected a Fellow of the college.

The concert will include the world première of a setting of the poem by Cambridge composer David Earl. It will also include works by two composers who were pallbearers at Brooke's funeral on the island of Skyros in 1915: Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881–1916) and the Clare musician W. Denis Browne (1888–1915). Both were friends of Brooke, and both later died in the war.


  • Gurney: Piano Preludes No 4 in D flat major; No 5 in C minor; No 8 in F sharp major
  • Mark Payton: Is there honey still for tea?
  • Bliss: Pastoral for clarinet and piano
  • Browne: To Gratiana Dancing and Singing (words by Richard Lovelace)
  • David Earl: The Old Vicarage, Grantchester (words by Rupert Brooke) (world première)
  • Kelly: Elegy for String Orchestra ‘In Memoriam Rupert Brooke’

Simon Bainbridge, tenor
Nicholas Mogg, baritone
David Earl, piano
Joshua Borin, clarinet

Mark Payton, narrator
Mary Archer, narrator
Graham Ross, conductor

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Members of the Choirs of Clare and Gonville and Caius Colleges

The concert will be held in Gallery 3, Fitzwilliam Museum at 7.30 pm. Some rare Brooke manuscripts and memorabilia will be on display in Gallery 1.

Tickets: £25 (including glass of wine) available from The Shop at King’s, King's Parade, Cambridge (tel: 01223 769 340; email: ). Please note that payments by credit and debit card are subject to a £2 booking fee.

21 May 2012