Helford Honeymoon is a beautiful and captivating EP by talented composer and musician Davey Hal, comprising five pieces of music inspired by the works and life of Daphne du Maurier and the breathtaking natural beauty of Cornwall.
Track 1 - Helford Honeymoon: After reading Du Maurier's Frenchmans' Creek Davey instantly wanted to visit and booked a river cruise along the Helford Passage where he learned that Daphne Du Maurier and her husband Frederick Browning took their honeymoon. Inspired by the outstanding beauty and calmness of the creek Davey knew that he wanted to capture in music the romanticism of being on Frenchman's Creek with just that one special person. Just like Daphne & Frederick and the main characters in the book, Dona and Jean-Benoit.
Track 2 - Pleasant Streams: A calming instrumental which paints a picture of lazy summer days spent by the streams, lakes and wildlife of Cornwall around Du Maurier country. Named after a secret and special place Davey likes to visit
Track 3 - Mevagissey: Davey wrote this song to capture the beautiful village and harbour of Mevagissey, one of the first places in Cornwall he discovered after taking the passenger ferry from right here in Fowey. Davey was taken aback by how perfect life seemed, walking along the harbour and the stunning and incredible coastal views all around us from the pier's end. After that day, and plenty more visits, Davey wanted to yet again paint a lyrical picture of Mevagissey.
Track 4 - Lanteglos: Named after the area and church where Daphne Du Maurier and Frederick Browning were married. Davey wanted to express a romantic story through music of how Frederick sailed his way to Fowey to meet Daphne after reading her debut novel The Loving Spirit. The idea of Daphne and Frederick marrying at the church which inspired The Loving Spirit just up the hill from Ferryside was just a beautiful story to capture in music. This track is a piano and cello instrumental expressing the beautiful surrounding area of Fowey, Bodinnick and Polruan. The piece is also hugely influenced by the passionate sea story of the Coombe family in The Loving Spirit. Also inspired by the idyllic locations of Lerryn, St Winnow and Golant, running along the River Fowey.
Track 5 - Danvers' Crimson Skyline: A song based on the thoughts of the 2nd Mrs de Winter towards Mrs Danvers after the final chapter of Rebecca. A soundtrack of all the emotions of the novel in one song. Not to give away too much else...