Summer Programme 2018

George Herbert in Bemerton Group Events

'George Herbert's Inspiration' is the theme of the Group's summer programme for this year (available as a PDF File downloadable leaflet). Events are free, but there will be retiring collections for contributions towards defraying our expenses. Pre-booking is required for all our events - early booking is advised.

‘Awake, My Lute’

Songs of the Extended Herbert Family
Sunday, 3rd June at 4.00 pm
St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton

Sophia Brumfitt

Sophia Brumfitt

Din Ghani

Din Ghani

We are delighted to present a concert featuring music from George Herbert's period, specially designed for our Group by mezzo-soprano Sophia Brumfitt and lutenist Din Ghani.

We shall be hearing settings of not only the poems of George Herbert, but also of members of his wider family including Mary Herbert (nee Sidney), her brother Philip Sidney, her son William Herbert (the 3rd Earl of Pembroke) and John Donne, a close friend of the Herberts. Lute solos from the lute book of George's brother Edward of Cherbury are also included. Interspersed with the music will be readings by Sonia Woolley of some of Herbert's works and related writings.

Followed by refreshments in a local riverside garden
Bookings: 01722 238301 or 07815 107009

In the Footsteps of George Herbert

Tuesday, 3rd July - 10:00am to 12 noon
Salisbury Cathedral to Lower Bemerton

A conducted walk from Salisbury Cathedral across the water meadows to St. Andrew's church in Lower Bemerton. The walk will include a talk by Dr Hadrian Cook, a member of the Harnham Water Meadows Trust and author of several books on environmental science, catchment management and landscape history. After an introduction to George Herbert at the cathedral, we shall follow the route across Town Path, through the northern part of Harnham and along the Broken Bridges woodland path, emerging in Lower Bemerton not far from the church, where there will be a brief concluding talk.

Followed by refreshments in a local garden
Bookings: 01722 330295

‘Thy Word Is All, If We Could Spell’

George Herbert and the dilemmas of devotional poetry
Tuesday, 7th August at 7:00 pm
St John's Place, Lower Road, Bemerton

The welcome return of one the most popular speakers of the 2014 George Herbert Festival. Prof Helen Wilcox talks about some of the key challenges faced by Herbert in the writing of poetry to and about God, and considers how his expressive solutions have given inspiration to later writers of devotional poetry in English. Helen is one of the world's leading authorities on Herbert's works.

Followed by refreshments in a local riverside garden
Bookings: 01722 334017

There will also be informal Poetry Discussions on 8th August and 23rd August - see PDF File our leaflet.

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