Esplanade Festival: Songs of deliverance

A musical postcard featuring a hardcore Americana sound 

"Tim Eriksen presents two hymns in the Sacred Harp singing tradition against a wintry backdrop of the pastoral Western Massachusetts, United States, in response to Esplanade’s festival, A Tapestry of Sacred Music. In the theme of deliverance, especially in this period of a pandemic, both songs are about experiencing hardship and overcoming it through faith". 

Solitude in the Grove 
Written by Isaac Watts, 1719 
Music by Ananias Davisson, 1817 

Distress 
Lyrics by Anne Steele, 1760 
Tune in Southern Harmony, 1835

Esplanade Festival is a charity and not-for-profit organisation, and free programmes such as A Tapestry of Sacred Music are made possible by our funders and donors. The performances at this festival celebrate what we all experience as humans, bringing to the fore our commonality as opposed to differences.

Eriksen last performed in Singapore at Esplanade’s A Tapestry of Sacred Music festival in 2014 at the Esplanade Recital Studio with Singapore vocal group Vox Camerata.