The Story Of Henry Wicker


In 2018, we commissioned composer Greg Harradine to produce an original piece on the festival theme of Discovery.

In a novel approach inspired by the chemistry of Epsom Salts, Greg created a new musical work, converting the atomic numbers of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen (Mg, S and O) into musical notes.

The Story of Henry Wicker, written for piano and cello, paid homage to Epsom, and retold, through music, the story of the medicinal salt’s discovery in 1618.

As part of the commission, Greg also delivered music composition workshops to local school children aged 6 to 14.

The premiere performance of The Story of Henry Wicker took place on Saturday 7th July 2018, at Bourne Hall, Ewell and was filmed for everyone to enjoy. You can watch and share the video below:


To find out more about the piece and Greg’s approach to the composition, please download Greg’s programme notes.

About Greg Harrdine

Greg, who is originally from Norwich but now Chessington-based, graduated from Kingston University in 2010 after achieving a first-class degree in music technology and composition, and has been writing music and performing around the country ever since.

He has won several awards for previous compositions, including the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award in 2014 and being a finalist in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Songwriting Competition in 2015.

Listen to more of Greg’s work on Soundcloud.


The Story of Henry Wicker was supported by The Arts Council of England through National Lottery Project Grants and Lionel Blackman. Filming by Nonesuch Media.

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