Chiswick Baroque at Newland Church

Saturday June 18th, 7.30 pm at Newland Church (Cathedral of the Forest)

Chiswick Baroque are a 5-voice a cappella singing group directed by composer Celia Harper. Based in Chiswick, the singers perform vocal music from 11th – 21st centuries with a particular interest in 17th century and tonal modern compositions, spirituals and traditional music.

Their concert at Newland for Wye Valley Summer Music featured the world premiere of Celia Harper’s settings of three F.W. Harvey Poems: The Horses, Christ and the Fairies and A Son.

Proceeds from the concert will contribute to both the restoration of the church and Riding for the Disabled.

Captain Mayne Reid and No Quarter!

Thursday June 23rd at 7.30 pm , Yorkley Village Hall –

In the 1880’s a remarkable traveller, adventurer and novelist, Captain Mayne Reid, came to live in the Forest of Dean and wrote an historical adventure set locally during the English Civil wars of 1640-1651. The heroes were the Foresters and the Parliamentarians. Doug McLean the Forest publisher talked about the life and adventures of the author on the eve of the launch of a new edition.

Books for Schools Project

The F.W. Harvey Society is committed to bringing the legacy of the poet to the attention of as many young people as possible and ensuring that his tory forms a part of the cultural heritage of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and beyond. To this end members of the Society have sponsored copies of the new edition of Soldier, Poet by Anthony Boden for schools of their choice. We are delighted to report that so far the following 25 schools have donated copies:

The King’s School, Gloucester
Rossall School, Lancashire [which F.W. Harvey attended]
Heywood Community School
Lakers School, Coleford
Heart of the Forest Special School
Thomas Keble School, Gloucester
The Crypt School, Gloucester
Whitecross School, Lydney
Wyedean School, Sedbury, Chepstow
Royal Forest of Dean College, Coleford
Aylburton School
Chipping Campden School
Ribston High School, Gloucester
Bream primary School
Minsterworth School
Parkend School
Primrose Hill Primary School, Lydney
Brockworth School
Newent Community School
Thomas Keeble School, Gloucester
Cranham C of E Primary School
Yorkley C of E Primary School

Dene Magna School

Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls

Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS)

We are pleased to report that the F.W. Harvey Society is now a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies. The ALS is the umbrella organisation for literary societies/groups in the UK. The group was formed in 1973 and currently has around 125 members. They provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies.

For more information see their website which includes details of all of their member societies and news of events.

Seeing with the Soul as well as the Eye

Friday 4th February 2011, 7.30 pm at Minsterworth Village Hall

A big thank you to all who attended this entertaining and informative evening with Alan Pilbeam at Minsterworth. The Village Hall has been recently refurbished to a high standard and the audience was warm and comfortable.

It was good to see so many Society members attending. Thank you also to those who took the opportunity to renew their membership.

In Seeing with the Soul as well as the Eye Alan Pilbeam looked at the descriptions and reflections on the landscape in the work of F.W. Harvey. Alan explored the landscapes that inspired Will Harvey and that were major influences in his work. He brought a new insight to Harvey’s work and provided Society members with much food for thought.

Frederick William Harvey (1888-1957) achieved fame as a War Poet, his first verses having been written while he served in the Great War. He was a friend of Ivor Gurney, the poet and songwriter, and Herbert Howells, the composer – all three were from Gloucestershire; Will Harvey was known as ‘The Laureate of Gloucestershire’ and ‘The Forest Poet’.