So True a Fool is Love
For SATB Choir (with divisions)
(2016) 4 minutes
Text by Shakespeare
(Sonnet No. 57)
Premiered by the London Oriana Choir conducted by Dominic Peckham at the launch of five15 at the Dry Berth, Cutty Sark, Greenwich, 6th July 2016
Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.
So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.
Performance history (post-premiere)
30th June 2019 - The London Oriana Choir conducted by Dominic Ellis-Peckham at Stationer's Hall, London, UK
Recorded by the BBC Singers conducted by Katie Thomas in February 2018 along with eight of Cheryl's other choral works. These recordings were then broadcast over two afternoons during BBC Radio 3's Afternoon Concert programme on the 4th and 5th June 2018.