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From Pub to Pulpit

August 9 AT 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



“From Pub to Pulpit” ™ brings to life the musical journey of folk songs Vaughan Williams collected before “borrowing” the tunes for hymn arrangements in The English Hymnal he edited in 1906.

It is the only Ralph Vaughan Williams 150 event undertaking a national tour, so we’re delighted that Broadstairs Folk Week will host this celebration, which will be performed in cathedrals nationwide. It is also the only project that crosses the boundaries of Vaughan Williams’s’ work, bringing several genres together in a popular and accessible way.

Acapella folk group Broomdasher and folk/jazz/classical instrumental trio Coracle raise the roof with full-blooded renditions of some of the country’s best loved hymns. They include “To Be a Pilgrim”; “O Little Town of Bethlehem”; “Tis Winter Now the Fallen Snow” and “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” which will be musically transformed in the concerts from the folk songs “Our Captain Calls”; “The Ploughboy’s Dream”; “Brisk Young Farmer” and “The Murder of Maria Marten”.

The project was devised and produced by John Palmer, who created Broomdasher’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady folk musical and CD last year. “It seemed to be an unusual and engaging way to celebrate the huge influence Vaughan Williams had on so many aspects of English music – and it gives thousands of people the opportunity to sing and to bring some joy back into our lives after the depression of Covid.”

Ralph Vaughan Williams believed that “musical ‘arrangements’ expand the original performance conditions from the home and the pub to venues like the classroom, the church and the concert hall”.

Broomdasher are a five-voice London-based acapella group with many years of experience between them before they first came together in 2017.

Among their number is soprano Josephine Swinhoe, who was taught by Vaughan Williams protégé John Carol Case.

Coracle is a new trio bringing together three well-respected musicians who have large followings in their own right.

Paul Hutchinson is an accordionist and one half of the extremely successful duo Belshazzar’s Feast. Performer, teacher, composer and humourist, he is much admired for his imaginative and inspiring compositions.

Karen Wimhurst is a clarinet and oboe player who is a long-term collaborator with Paul. Their previous groups, Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project and The Maniacs.

Anna Tam is a classically trained singer and musician who is a former member of the popular Medieaval Baebes. She plays a range of unusual instruments, including nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy and viol da gamba and was shortlisted as 2021 Folk Instrumentalist of the Year.


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August 9
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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St. Peter’s Church Hall
Hopeville Avenue
Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2TR United Kingdom
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