A Fundraising Concert

An American Road Trip in Song by Paul & Carol Kelly

Paul and Carol have recorded and filmed this beautifully crafted concert as a collaborative venture with artist Jonathan Smith and are proud and excited to share it with you.

The concert is available to watch below. You can see the programme by clicking here.


This concert was originally to have been our spring fund-raising concert for the summer festival. We are continuing to fund-raise towards this festival, which will now be in July 2021. 

Retracing Our Steps - A Fundraising Concert for Lewes Festival of Song
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Paul and Carol have very generously gifted their time, talents and imaginative flair to the festival, and we would like to invite you to reciprocate, by making a donation via the Donate button bellow.

And about the concert, Carol Kelly writes: 

‘This concert will feature some well-known composers, Copland and Argento, but we are also excited to be exploring works by composers not as familiar to UK audiences. Theodore Chanler’s song output varies in style from classical to ragtime, and we perform settings of words from Williams Blake and Shakespeare, as well as quirky poetry from Leonard Feeney.


Americans are famous for their admiration of All Things British, and the London Sketches of Kathleen Lockhart Manning are a glimpse into her view of the Thames, Windsor Castle, and the renowned London fog. Light, quaint, too sentimental and saccharine perhaps for our cynical times, these songs are a sweet opener for more weighty themes to follow.


We fervently hope to communicate our enthusiasm for this music, and we look forward to performing for our friends in Lewes and America’.

Paul & Carol Kelly


Kathleen Lockhart Manning (1890-1951)


Sketches of London: Five Song Impressions

I.The Thames
III.Windsor Castle (A Rêverie)
V.June in London

Theodore Chanler (1902-1961)

 Meet Doctor Livermore (Leonard Feeney)
 Memory (William Blake)
 The Lamb (William Blake)
 O Mistress Mine (William Shakespeare)
 I Rise When You Enter (Leonard Feeney)

Dominick Argento (1927-2019)


Six Elizabethan Songs

I.Spring (Thomas Nash)
II.Sleep (Samuel Daniel)
III.Winter (William Shakespeare)
IV.Dirge (William Shakespeare)
V.Diaphenia (Henry Constable)
VI.Hymn (Ben Jonson)

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)


Old American Songs

The Boatmen’s Dance (Minstrel Song)
Long Time Ago (Ballad)
At the River (Hymn Tune)
Little Horses (Lullaby)
Zion’s Walls (Revivalist Song)