About this work
Opus 5 No 2 "Love and Laughter" sets the text of the poem by the founding father of Haileybury Arthur Gray Butler.
The song is dedicated to the Bristol Madrigal Society, where Cyril Rootham's father Daniel Wilberforce Rootham (1837-1922) was musical director for 50 years.
Originally published by Boosey & Co in 1899, the sheet music for this part-song has been out of print for many years. But we have recently been able to typeset the music and hope to publish it in 2017.
About this recording
This performance was recorded at a concert given by The Treasury Singers at St Margaret's Church, Westminster on 18 November 2016.
Although "Love and Laughter" was originally intended to be sung a cappella in intimate venues, for this performance The Treasury Singers used the optional accompaniment in the larger acoustic of St Margaret's Church. Their concert also included the other CBR part-song from Opus 5: No 1 "Strew on her Roses" which you can listen to here.