En route from John O’Groats to Land’s End on his Brompton folding bike, prize-winning baritone David Jones pauses to perform Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel alongside folksongs from his journey. Song Cycle is in support of Yehudi Menuhin’s charity Live Music Now.
Song Cycle is firstly an exploration of Vaughan Williams’s song cycle Songs of Travel, with
words by Robert Louis Stevenson. How does the experience of a long and arduous journey
change the singer’s approach to these songs?
With their Scottish words and English music, the Songs of Travel are a quintessentially British expression of the emotions associated with travel and being in nature. On his thousand-mile journey, David will pass close to the birthplaces of both Stevenson and Vaughan Williams and through the landscapes that inspired their work, developing and deepening his interpretation of the songs as he goes.