Songs of Bowland

Thursday 15th June 7.30pm – 9pm

Slaidburn Village Hall

Join us for the world premiere of a choral work specially commissioned by William, 16th Lord of Bowland, and set to music by Lakeland composer Christopher Gibbs. The four-part Songs of Bowland evokes the landscape and history of this beautiful area and will be performed by the Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral. Providing a dramatic climax to the cycle will be internationally acclaimed musician, John Kenny, who will play the carnyx, an ancient Celtic war horn whose haunting sound has not been heard in the Forest of Bowland for more than two thousand years.

Booking essential. For further information contact the AONB office on 01200 448000 or email or The ticket price is £7.50 per head.

Information about the Lord of Bowland, and his composition of the song cycle, can be seen on this pdf file. Please note that this page may be slow to load!


Ribble Valley Music Festival presents:

Glorious Summer Classic

Sunday 18th June 2 pm – 4 pm

St Leonard’s Church, Downham Village, near Clitheroe, Lancashire

An idyllic summer afternoon of music in this beautiful location will include a landmark performance by the Stonebridge String Quartet of the five movement Forest of Bowland Suite composed by Chris Gibbs celebrating the Bowland area of outstanding natural beauty (the final movement is appropriately entitled “Moon over Downham”) performed by the Stonebridge String Quartet, together with an earlier work of his, Music for String Quartet. The Quartet will also play a short piece by their leader, Roland Fudge, who is a colleague of Chris’s in the Lakeland Composers group. The composer will be in attendance to discuss his inspiration which captures the beauty of various locations in the area. The prestigious Preston Opera Company will also be performing a selection of popular arias, duets and choruses. This event is part of the Ribble Valley Music Festival. Contact: Clive Greenwood Tel: 01254 384893

Email: £8 including light refreshment, 2 hrs, advance booking recommended.