The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)

"And larks hang singing, singing, singing, over the wheat fields wide"



First bars of 'Summer' sheet music fading out into a circle.  Musical Instructions, 'Allegretto Vivace'


Recording Artists: Iain Burnside & Sophie Bevan

Summer was said to be Shaw’s favourite song.

The song dedication is To James Pryde, a Scottish artist, who, with his brother-in-law William Nicholson, was one half of The Beggarstaff Brothers, the celebrated Victorian illustrators. You can see examples of their work at the V&A museum in London.

Shaw had met Pryde at Southwold in 1897, when he was on holiday there with Edward Gordon Craig. It was Pryde who had taught Craig the art of wood cutting. He continued to be a friend of Craig and Shaw until his death in 1941.

James Pryde illustrated the front cover for Songs of Britain, edited by Shaw (with Frank Kidson as words editor), published in 1913.


See also How we met: Edward Gordon Craig and Martin Shaw...


Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894) published by Macmillan & Co. Curwen 1917 currently out of print