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Having taken part in many evenings at Lord's Cricket Ground, The Pub at Hambledon and elsewhere, all celebrating the music and poetry of cricket, under the watchful eye of cricket historian and ex-BBC Producer, David Rayvern Allen, it seemed crazy not to commit some of this material to tape.
Signum Records agreed to release this cricket disc and Songs of Cricket was born.
Just a few of the many pieces possible are here, but along with wonderful guests, The London Quartet cover centuries of cricket music.
Our Guests are:
Richard Stilgoe - a veteran of the David Rayvern Allen evenings, Richard shows his love for the game, and naturally his wit and wisdom in two solo songs and we sing two of his pastiches
Rory Bremner - verbal dexterity to the fore, he interrupts us now and again with some hilarious cricket voices
Eliza Lumley - the West End star sings two solo songs and also a duet about Andy Flower!
Tim Rice - our old friend adds gravitas, as 'the Earl' in his own, The Summer Game
Mainly accompanied by the Musical Director of Billy Elliot, pianist Chris Hatt (and he does a piano solo too).
All ably produced by the conductor of Tenebrae, Nigel Short
An unmissable CD for lovers of cricket ... and everyone else as well!
|1.||Cricket Theme Medley||Various, arr. Alexander L'Estrange|
|2.||The Cricketers of Hambledon||Bruce Blunt / Peter Warlock|
|3.||School Songs Medley (five school songs)||Various|
|4.||The Summer Game (from Cricket: Hearts and Wickets)||Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber|
|5.||Lillian Thomson||Richard Stilgoe|
|6.||Radnage Cricket Song (Bucks. folk song)||Traditional, collected by Horace Harman|
|7.||Four Jolly Bowlers||John Arlott / The Yetties|
|8.||The Rules of Cricket – A Psalm Chant||The London Quartet / W.H. Havergal|
|9.||You've Got to be a Cricket Hero (to Get Along with the Beautiful Girls)
||Al Sherman/Buddy Fields /Al Lewis and Fred Tupper/ Cliff Nichols
|10.||Jiggery Pokery||Neil Hannon / Thomas Walsh|
|11.||Village Rondo||Matthew Holst, arr. Chris Hatt|
|12.||Eton and Winchester||R.T. Warner / F.S. Kelly|
|13.||I made a Hundred in the Backyard at Mum's||Greg Champion
|14.||Australian Cricket Medley||Various|
|15.||The Barmy Army||Richard Stilgoe|
|16.||That's Not Cricket - from At Home Abroad||Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz|
|17.||Cricket Tea Towel: The Ins and Outs of Cricket||Anon. / The London Quartet
|18.||Andy Flower Duet||Richard Stilgoe / Léo Delibes|
|19.||Jerusalem||Richard Stilgoe / C. Hubert Parry|
|20.||When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease||Roy Harper
|21.||'Stop it, Aggers!'||Rory Bremner|