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Ivor Bertie Gurney (Composer)

Born: 28th August 1890, Gloucester, England

Died: 26th December 1937, Dartford, England

Nationality: English

Ivor Bertie Gurney was an English poet and composer, particularly of songs. He was born and raised in Gloucester. He suffered from manic depression through much of his life and spent his last 15 years in psychiatric hospitals. Critical evaluation of Gurney has been complicated by this, and also by the need to assess both his poetry and his music.

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 Interview, Dame Sarah Connolly on A Walk with Ivor Gurney

The great English mezzo talks to David about her new album exploring the music and poetry of the wartime composer Ivor Gurney, with Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra.

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