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String Poetry

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Douglas Harrison - Southbank SinfoniaViolinist Douglas Harrison reminisces about our recent strings concert, featuring Elgar and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings alongside Finzi’s Romance, in a slightly different format to usual:

The lights were dimmed,
The stage was set,
The band had finally tuned.

A timid cough,
A train went by,
Elgar stepped into the room.

An alto gurgle,
Along we swept,
Hearts broken on the way.

And then its done,
We’re left bereft,
What’s good can’t always stay.

But then we tune,
Quieten the room,
Finzi has come to play.

A twisting tune,
lifting the gloom,
In all a pretty good day.

Find out more about Douglas here.


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