Sound the Trumpet

Alfred Deller, photographed by Kurt Theiner

by Christine Headley

TO BE PUBLISHED 16 July 2019

Without counter-tenor Alfred Deller, the Early Music Revival would have been very different. In this book, Christine Headley explores the background to early music, Deller’s life and career, the story of Stour Music and the parallel evolution of the Early Music Revival from the world of Arnold Dolmetsch and Nadia Boulanger, through Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Class of 1973 to the wide range of ensembles performing today.

All Saints, Boughton Aluph by John Ward

As well as a rich narrative, the book features themed chapters on Purcell’s Come, Ye Sons of Art (the work which made Deller’s name in 1947), Dowland songs, Handel’s Messiah and Tallis’s ‘Spem in Alium’ as well as the counter-tenor voice, John Ward (who contributed so much to Stour Music visually), and the venues used by the festival.

448 pages, with more than 40 illustrations

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Earlybird offers

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Sound the Trumpet will be published on Tuesday 16 July 2019, and earlybird offers will be running until Wednesday 17 April:

Hardbound copies with a slipcase may be ordered at £ 80 each, including UK postage. Postage abroad will be charged at cost.

Paperback copies will be available at £ 22 each, including UK postage, with postage abroad charged at cost.

One leatherbound copy will be auctioned, closing on 17 April. Further details will be available in due course. A suitable auction site has been hard to find, so it is now expected that bids will be sent to a dedicated e-mail address and opened for the first time on the closing date. A more visible idea would be welcome – please e-mail if you have a suggestion! E-bay doesn’t seem suitable for a book that won’t be available until three months later.

E-books cost £ 10 and a link to download from will be e-mailed on 16 July 2019. This price will not change after 17 April.

After 17 April, paperback copies may be reserved at £ 27 each, including UK postage, and will be despatched shortly before publication. After publication, all versions will be available from good high-street bookshops and online, and direct from the Bach Lovers Press.

About the Author

Christine Headley

Christine was brought up in Ashford, where her parents were founder patrons of Stour Music.

She has spent most of her working life in and around publishing, latterly as a freelance providing editorial services, particularly indexes, to publishers. Between 1982 and 1985 she worked for European Music Year.

Christine has two BAs, having studied German, Russian and Law for a London External degree at the then Birmingham Polytechnic, and subsequently taken fifteen years to accumulate an Honours degree from the Open University. The latter covered a wide swathe of arts and social sciences, but courses in music and the history and culture of Renaissance / Reformation Europe were particularly helpful when researching this book.

Christine has been a member of three local councils, stood for Parliament in Ashford in 1992, and spent a memorable six years on the General Committee of the Kent County Cricket Club.

Christine has two grown-up daughters and lives with her husband in Stroud, in Gloucestershire.