Our season opens with a feast of English music: an early masterpiece Towards the Unknown Region by Vaughan Williams and a wonderful, haunting Requiem by ex-King’s Singer Bob Chilcott frame a delicious rarity: George Dyson’s glorious vision of an Elizabethan pageant, Sweet Thames, Run Softly, performed just a few hundred metres from the river.
Vaughan Williams: Towards the Unknown Region
Dyson: Sweet Thames, Run Softly
Soprano: Jennifer Davis
Tenor: Nicholas Mulroy
Baritone: Gareth Brynmor John
with Thames Sinfonia
‘Lest we forget’ – Mozart Requiem
Conductor Jonathan Willcocks
Programme Mozart – Requiem
Mozart – Funeral Music
Ronald Corp – And all the trumpets sounded
Orchestra London Mozart Players
Soprano: Josephine Goddard
Contralto: Amy Lyddon
Tenor: Thobela Ntshanyana
Bass: Gareth Brynmor John
Date Saturday, 5th November ’16
Time 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Venue G Live
Address London Road
The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea gives its annual November concert in the sumptuous surrounds of Christopher Wren’s Chapel.
The theme of Remembrance is highly appropriate to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and to this time of year; Gabriel Fauré‘s enduringly popular setting of the Requiem texts is undoubtedly one of his masterpieces, and we hear it alongside music by English composers that dwell on the subject of sacrifice, repose and communion.
The evening concludes with Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs for solo baritone and choir; Gareth John won First Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2013 and is emerging as one of the leading baritones of his generation.
“The choir combined characterful performances with some finely focussed singing… a fine and highly involving performance.” (Planet Hugill)
- Fauré Requiem
- Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
- Byrd Justorum animae
- Elgar They are at rest
- Finzi Lo, the full final sacrifice
- Guest For the fallen
- Holst The Evening Watch
- Ireland Greater Love
- Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
- Gareth John, baritone
- William Vann, conductor
Jeremy Backhouse conducts Vivace Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra. Soloists: Claire Seaton (soprano), Sarah Fryer (alto),Gareth Brynmor John (baritone).
Elgar Sea Pictures
Pott A new commission
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Sarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano, Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone, Simon Lepper – Piano
Friday 23rd September – 7pm
Programme of songs and duets by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mahler, Britten and others. Arias and duets from their favourite operas.
Sarah-Jane Lewis studied at the Royal College of Music and then at the Royal Academy where she gained her MA. She completed the course at the National Opera Studio in 2014. The winner of many important competitions Sarah-Jane took the second prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards where Hilary Finch, writing in The Times, described her “warm, capacious soprano, powerfully contained through its wide range, which left this listener longing for more.”
Gareth Brynmor John took the first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2013, where his voice “held the audience gripped with its clarity and warmth evenly spread through its range” – Geoff Brown, The Times. Gareth studied Geography at St John’s College, Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He is currently now studying at the National Opera Studio. He is equally at home in opera, oratorio and as a recitalist. He appeared at Bury Court Opera as Sharpless and has given recitals including festivals in Buxton, Oxford and Leeds, and many more.
Simon Lepper is a familiar face both at Holkham and at the North Norfolk Music Festival and works with an impressive list of established singers as well as those from the younger generation. He performed with Mark Padmore at the 2015 Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, one of the world’s most prestigious chamber music festivals. He is one of the two pianists at the bi-annual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is a professor of song accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.
Tickets: £25, includes a glass of wine in the Saloon during the interval and an opportunity to view some of the other state rooms in the Hall.
Book online or telephone Holkham Ticket Office on 01328 713111.