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)
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
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.
With two successful Summer Schools completed, we invite you to set aside a week in August 2016 to join us for the third TRBC Choral Summer School, this time with an additional exciting twist. By popular demand, the main work for 2016 will be Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorioElijah, and we discovered almost by chance that the first performance of this work was given in Birmingham Town Hall in August 1846.
Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano
Gareth Brynmor John, baritone
Audrey Hyland, piano
Richard Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung
Duparc Chanson Triste
Hahn L’heure exquise
Schumann Ich bin dein Baum
Schumann Entfleh mit mir
De Falla Polo
De Falla Asturiana
Richard Strauss Ach lieb, ich muss nun schieden
Rachmaninov Ah, forsake me not
Schubert Am Bach im Früling
Brahms Immer leise
Schumann Meine Rose
Quilter Music when soft voices die
Richard Strauss Morgen
Schubert Abschied von der Erde
We follow the emotional journey of a young courtesan as she chooses a life of true love over her previous empty and flirtatious existence. Sorrow comes along in the shape of her lover’s father, who, unbeknownst to his son, pleads with her to give up his son due to the shame her past life is bringing on the family, and in particular his daughter who is about to marry into an influential family. She is faced with the difficult choice of love over duty. We travel through myriad of songs from Strauss to Duparc, to Ireland to De Falla to Schumann and to Faure.
See more at: http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/music-series/white-camelia-the-story-of-a-courtesan/
Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Eli Rolfe Johnston | soprano
Kate Symonds-Joy | mezzo-soprano
Daniel Joy | tenor
Gareth Brynmor John | baritone
Will Vann | piano
Join us for a thrilling evening of Gilbert and Sullivan classics. From your favourite arias to fast-paced ensembles and a tongue-twisting medley, a quartet of four singers and pianist will take you on a journey through the most sparkling light opera works.
Including excerpts from the Pirates of Penzance, the Mikado, Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore, this glittering evening will have you toe-tapping and singing along.
‘A policeman’s lot is not a happy one!’