Ireland at Glastonbury

While Rutland Boughton’s associations with the Glastonbury Festival are well known, Ireland too had works performed there. In 1919 his music was played in Somerset, in a place ‘perched on the side of a hill like an island in the green vale of Avalon’ (Daily Mail, 19 August 1919, p. 3). While it is not clear exactly what was heard, one of Ireland’s chamber works – either a piano trio or a violin sonata – was part of the opening night of that year’s Glastonbury Festival, on 18 August, held on a summer night in sight of the church of St John the Baptist.Tower West Face

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