Charles Causley Verse in Song

South Devon Singers

South Devon Singers

Charles Causley (1917-2003) was born and brought up in Launceston, Cornwall, but he also had strong links with Teignmouth and with the village of Trusham, a few miles up the Teign Valley.  The composer David Haines got to know the poet when David was studying and Causley was in residence at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Canada in the early 80s.  The poet told David that he was nearly born at Brimley House, in the same road David lives in, because his father worked for the local doctor who lived there.

In 1991 Teign Choral Society commissioned David to set a series of poems by Causley and Keats and Trusham Village commissioned some further works in 2008.  Causley left the village (from which most of his family originated) a large legacy when he died and they held a weekend celebration of his work including the commissioning and first performance of these songs, funded by the lottery-backed Awards for All Scheme.  David did a new setting of ‘Teignmouth’ for this commission, quite different from his original setting 17 years previously.

The most recent performance of some of these commissioned pieces was at the concert ‘By The Wild Sea Wall’ performed by the South Devon Singers in the United Reform Church, Teignmouth, on 7th March 2014 as part of the Teignmouth Classical Music Festival.

For a rendition of the ‘Parson and The Clerk’ as performed in Trusham in June 2009 follow this Youtube link.

And check out the South Devon Singers on this link

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