Antelope Productions and Annesbrook present
Magic In My Eyes Thomas Hardy’s Poems of Love and Loss
Magic in My Eyes is a captivating programme of words and music which explores one of the great romances in literary history – Thomas Hardy’s courtship of Emma Gifford and their subsequent long and difficult marriage. When Emma died in 1912, after many years of estrangement, Hardy was inspired to write some of the greatest love poetry in the English language and to revisit the landscape of his first great passion.
Magic in My Eyes charts the course of their relationship through Hardy’s verse and journals along with Emma’s letters and recollections.
The Delmaine Quartet have selected music that reflects this complex emotional landscape, drawn primarily from the lyrical, multi-layered chamber works of Frank Bridge (1879 -1941) – the brilliant yet relatively unknown English composer. The world of rural Wessex is also represented through folk music and song.
Michael James Ford and the Delmaine String Quartet have previously collaborated on two highly successful projects – Love and War and The Waterloo Concert, which have toured nationally and overseas.