Last week I went to see The Pre-Raphaelite Live Canon, directed by Helen Eastman, at the Finborough Theatre. This was a performance of the poetry of William Morris, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, George Meredith, Elizabeth Siddal and Algernon Swinburne. It was performed by Charles de Bromhead, Curtis Jordan and Anthony Shuster. Some of William Morris's poetry had been set to music by Jerome de Bromhead, one of Ireland's leading contemporary composers.
It was a very moving evening with poetry and a capella singing, performed with exceptional finesse and emotional integrity. I especially liked the Morris poetry set to Jerome de Bromhead's music. It is rare to see poetry performed in such an entertaining and exciting way and I hope that there will be more events like this.
The Finborough Canon ended on 1st June but this is a touring show with other poetry Canon's including the Romantics and Metaphysical Poets. When I find out when the next showing is I will put it up on the site.