Amazing Aretha

Back to the beginning…

Where Aretha found her voice, sung out her soul. She imbues energy, faith and passion.

Uplifting.

Taking people from their ordinary lives and transporting them somewhere higher and making them believe….

Featuring the great comedic spirit of reverend James Cleveland, in the presence of Aretha’s father and Jesse Jackson. Even spotted Mick Jagger waving his hands to the choir and the small band… this intoxicating rhythm of gospel.

Setting the scene #mikrontheatre

Outdoor theatre at it’s best. Sitting on bales of straw, a blue sky with chunky clouds and all set in a vast allotment field, close to the Grand Union canal, Warwickshire. This is The Mikron Theatre way… A good story, packed with songs, music and facts. Very entertaining and informative. Poetry in motion!

Harvest Hymns are Poems set to Music!

In golden fields grows the wavy wheat, harvest is the time to reap,

Sort and grind the ripened grain, before the clouds send showers of rain.

Let’s take a look at some of the traditional hymns for Harvest, which are really lovely bright verses of (religious) poetry:

‘We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God’s almighty hand…’

This has been translated by J.M Campbell from the German, M.Claudius, 1740-1815
‘Wir pflungen und wir streuen’ = We plough and we scatter

Cornfields by Eleanor Farjeon, 1881-1965
‘Fields of corn, give up your ears,
Now your ears are heavy,
Wheat and oats and barley-spears,
All your harvest-levy…’

By H. Alford, 1810-71
‘Come, ye thankful people, come
Raise the song of harvest-home!
All be safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin…’

Out in the English wheat fields, tractors and harvesters are ploughing, cutting and sorting the grain – the hard work of farming is at its busiest now.
The packed, finely milled flours on the shop shelves starts here, in golden fields.

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