To commemorate the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, Cumbria Rural Choir have programmed a special programme for their concert Celebrating Wordsworth at Carlisle Cathedral. Conducted by Ian Wright and accompanied by the British Sinfonietta.

The programme includes:

Will Todd: We Are Laid Asleep Choral Suite (world premiere)
Gerald Finzi: Intimations of Immortality, Op.29 – ode for tenor solo, mixed chorus and orchestraIan
Hare: Wordsworth Cantata: Springtime in Lakeland (world premiere)*
Tamsin Jones: The Daffodils – a symphony in three movements, for choir and orchestra (world premiere)*

*Commissioned by Cumbria Rural Choirs for this concert

2020 is a significant year in the cultural history of Cumbria as it is the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth. Wordsworth spent most of his life in the area.  All the works being performed in the concert are based on Wordsworth’s poems.

 Celebrating Wordsworth has been a project which has taken over three years to bring to fruition. Grants provided by several charitable trusts have enabled Cumbria Rural Choirs  to commission new choral works by two Cumbrian composers: Tamsin Jones who has created a symphony in three movements ‘The Daffodils’  and Ian Hare who has written a choral cantata about  Wordsworth’s experiences of ‘Springtime in Lakeland’.  Will Todd, a north eastern composer, well known for his jazz inspired compositions has invited Cumbria Rural Choirs to premier his recently composed work ‘We Are Laid Asleep‘ which is based on extracts from Wordsworth’s poem: ‘Tintern Abbey’.

Gerald Finzi’s setting of Wordsworth’s Ode: ‘Intimations of Immortality’ is a powerful work which is seldom performed as it demands a large orchestra. The Finzi Trust has allowed a new edition to be made with reduced orchestration. The tenor, Nicholas Mulroy, will sing wistfully of a time when all of nature seemed dreamlike to him, apparelled in celestial light, and that time is past: the things I have seen I can see no more.


The British Sinfonietta, one of the UK’s leading professional orchestras, will accompany all the works.  We hope you will join Cumbria Rural Choirs for this unique occasion to celebrate Wordsworth’s poetic legacy!

 For more details about Cumbria rural Choirs visit our website at

Tickets are available from Bookends in Carlisle (01228 529067) and Keswick (017687 75277) and from the Carlisle Cathedral Bookshop when it re-opens in February following its current closure for refurbishment.

Tickets may also be purchased directly from Cumbria Rural Choirs who are able to accept payment by BACS. Please contact Margaret Riches on 01768 894 404 or email


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