Alan Charlton: The Cloud (2013-14)

This new song cycle based on the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Cloud will receive its first two performances in 2015, in Brussels (22 February) and Bristol, UK (8 May), performed by Charlotte Newstead (soprano) and Christopher Northam (piano).

The work is made up of six contrasting songs based on a the six verses of Shelley's poem. 'I bring fresh showers', 'I sift the snow', 'The sanguine sunrise', 'That orbed maiden', 'I bind the sun's throne' and 'I am the daughter'.

Listen to a preview recording of 'I bring fresh showers' on YouTube:

Brussels concert details

22 February 2015, 18:00, Atelier Marcel Hastir, 51, Rue du Commerce, 1000 Bruxelles (Trone metro).
Tickets 14 Euros (7 Euros for children under 12): tickets can be reserved through the Atelier Marcel Hastir website here.


The programme is a survey of British music from the last 500 years, with five different centuries represented. Among the programme are some Haydn songs in English, classic songs from Purcell and Vaughan Williams and lesser known contributions from Parry and Quilter.

Alan Charlton (b.1970)
The Cloud (world premiere)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Hark the echoing air
Music for a while
I attempt from love's sickness

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
She never told her love
The spirit's song
Piercing eyes

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Silent Noon
The sky above the roof

Charles Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
My true love hath my heart
My heart is like a singing bird

Roger Quilter (1877-1953)
Now sleeps the crimson
Love's philosophy

Bristol concert details

8 May 2015, 13:15-14:00, Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol
Free entry. Part of the University of Bristol's lunchtime concert series.


The UK premiere of The Cloud is given in a concert which also features compositions by student composers from the University of Bristol.

Copyright Alan Charlton 2014 all rights reserved
Last revised 11 December 2014