Edward Rushton - With My Whip
“A friend recommended Pepys' quirky prose to me when I was looking for English material to set for my contribution to the NMC Songbook. As I'm sure most people are, I was especially attracted to the more scurrilous and spaced-out side of Pepys. Since the diary entries that show his human flaws tend to be bite-sized, it was clear they would make ideal songs. I sat in the coffee shop of the British Library and sketched the song in one go, the nervy rhythms of the piano part falling naturally in to place to scuff and stratch against the singer's laconic declamation. With my Whip’ has since become the fifth song in a cycle of five Pepys diary entries called To Bed, which will be premiered in Leeds in March by the baritone Richard Burkhard and me on the piano."
Thank you to everyone that entered the competition to pick their favourite song from the selection chosen for the NMC Songbook competition and congratulations to the lucky entrant who was chosen to receive a signed copy of Rushton’s score and a copy of the NMC Songbook boxset.