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London Song Festival 2015     "Musical Cities”

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The 2015 London Song Festival takes the form of a Grand Tour of cities that are strongly represented in Song. Five concerts will use words and music to evoke the atmosphere, history and culture of London, Paris, Venice, Seville and New York, presented by the cream of the UK’s young singers.

There will be two master-classes this year; one devoted to English Song and one to Lieder, each associated with a prize consisting of £500 and the opportunity to sing with The London Song Festival in future years.

All concerts and master-classes take place at the church of St Mary Magdalene Munster Square, London NW1 3PH, just five minutes walk from Great Portland Street and Warren Street tube stations.


The Concerts.
 

Friday, 30 October 2015, 19:30
London, Flower of Cities All
Rowan Pierce - soprano, Jerome Knox - baritone, Nigel Foster  - piano

The opening concert celebrates our own beloved city with an eclectic range of songs by composers including Purcell, Butterworth, Britten, Finzi and Walton, with contributions from Eric Satie, Villa Lobos, Charles Ives, Flanders and Swann, Noel Coward and many more.
Rowan Pierce is the winner of the London Song Festival's Schubert Society Singer Prize 2014, Jerome Knox was a winner of the Margaret Fletcher Lieder Prize.

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Friday, 6 November 2015, 19:30
Paris, City of Love
Lucy Knight - soprano, Huw Montague-Rendall - baritone, Nigel Foster - piano

A stroll through the streets and parks of Paris with music by Poulenc, Debussy, Schubert, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, Ned Rorem, Jerome Kern and many others. This concert includes the premiere of a duet by David Lewiston Sharpe, setting Parisian street cries as heard by Marcel Proust.
Lucy Knight is a 2013 International Opera Awards Foundation winner, Huw Montague Rendall is a rising star at the Royal College of Music.
 
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Friday, 13 November 2015, 19:30
Venice - La Serenissima
Lucy Hall - soprano, Gavin Roberts - piano

A recital by two members of the prestigious Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform.
Come and lose yourself in the incomparable atmosphere and romanticism of this unique city, with songs by composers from Germany, France, Spain and England as well as from Italy, who have all been inspired by the magic of Venice.
Oxford Lieder exists to promote song. The annual Oxford Lieder Festival in October is complemented by other projects such as the Young Artist Platform, sponsoring the finest young singers and pianists to give recitals across the UK.
 
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Friday, 20 November 2015, 19:30
New York, The City That Never Sleeps
Kristin Dauphinais - mezzo-soprano, Nigel Foster - piano

Songs serious and light by Lee Hoiby, Ned Rorem, John Duke, Geoffrey Wright, Benjamin Britten, Vernon Duke, Rodgers and Hart and many more will transport you across the Atlantic to bring to London the buzz and excitement of the city that never sleeps.
Presented by Kristin Dauphinais from the University of Arizona.
 
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Friday, 27 November 2015, 19:30
Seville, City of Towers
Lorena Paz Nieto - soprano, Josep-Ramon Olivé - baritone, Nigel Foster - piano

Two rising young Spanish singers from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama will bring the sultry heat and passion of Seville to London. This concert takes as its core Turina's colourful cycle Canto a Sevilla and interleaves it with songs by Falla, Granados, Obradors, Rodrigo,Lorca, Nin, Wolf, Schumann, Walton and others.


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