Early Stroll Songs is a new song cycle by Richard Barnard setting texts by the poet Ian McMillan. The texts are all Tweets.
Every morning the poet Ian McMillan - well known to radio listeners from his regular BBC Radio 3 and 4 appearances - takes a stroll around his home town in Yorkshire. When he returns, he tweets about what he has seen, heard and experienced (see the far right of this page for Ian's latest Early Stroll tweets). We have turned some of those Tweets into the Early Stroll Songs cycle.
The cycle was premiered in Bristol's St Georges Concert Hall in October 2016 by baritone Martin Le Poidevin, who had commissioned the cycle, and guitarist Amanda Cook.
The cycle was designed to fill a gap in the baritone and guitar repertoire, to complete a recital programme which includes John Rutter's Shadows and a selection of Dowland songs - which is exactly what the programme for the premiere turned out to be, along with performance poetry from Ian McMillan.