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London Song Festival 2016     

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The 2016 London Song Festival will celebrate this wonderful art-form through six concerts and two masterclasses. This year we will contemplate the legacy of two world wars, we celebrate Shakespeare in all his variety, we explore the animal kingdoms in all their quirkiness, and we end with a Comedy Song concert guaranteed to dispel any early December blues.  We are fortunate to be working with some of the most talented singers and performers currently based in the UK.

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. 

We are utilising multiple venues this year.  The concerts will take place at the Hinde Street Methodist Church, with the exception of the final concert which will be held at The Warehouse, on Theed Street, SE1 8ST.  The masterclasses will be held at the Austrian Cultural Forum and 49 Queen's Gate Terrace.


The Concerts.
 

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Thursday, 10th November 2016, 19:30

All Blood Runs Red
Marta Fontanals-Simmons - Mezzo Soprano, James Newby - Baritone, Nigel Foster - Piano, Speaker - Jack McCann

The opening concert celebrates words and music from the Great War.
Marta Fontanals-Simmons previously won the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and has worked for Glyndebourne, Garsington and Grange Park Opera.  James Newby recently won the 2016 Ferrier Singing Competition. 

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Thursday, 17th November 2016, 19:30


No Voice Unheard
Eleanor Janes - Soprano, Anna Prowse - Mezzo Soprano, James Liu - Tenor, Nigel Foster - Piano, Joe Harper - Oboe, Dean Wood - Clarinet, Natalie Bernard - Bassoon, James Symonds - Video Installation

This concert presents a programme of vocal and instrumental music from the concentration camps.  This concert is held in association with OperaCoast.
 
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Thursday, 24th November 2016, 19:30

Fur and Feathers
Anna Huntley - Mezzo Soprano, Milo Harries - Baritone, Nigel Foster - Piano, Speaker - Sarah Berger

An evening of words and music about the Animal Kingdom. 

Anna Huntley was a Samling Artist and previously won the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Song Competition.  Milo Harries was the winner of the London Song Festival British Song Prize in 2015.
 
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Thursday, 1st December 2016, 19:30

A Shakespeare Celebration
Raphaela Papadakis - Soprano, Timothy Connor - Baritone, Nigel Foster - Piano, Speaker - Sean Baker

A celebration of the great Shakespeare.

Ralphaela is a Samling, IMA and City Music Foundation Artist. Timothy Connor recently performed in a recital of Schubert's Winterreise with Roger Vignoles.
 
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Thursday, 8th December, 19:30
Oxford Lieder

Conflicts in Love
Suzanne Fischer - Soprano, Panaretos Kyriatzidis - Piano

Suzanne and Panaretos are the Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artists' Platform Winners of 2016.  This concert is held in collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist Platform.  Oxford Lieder exists to promote song and the annual festival works with some of the finest young singers and pianists across the UK.

Suzanne Fischer is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist.  Panaretos Kyriadzidis is a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. 

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Tuesday, 13th December, 19:30
Gedye & Sons

Comedy Song Concert
Melinda Hughes - Soprano, Nicky Spence - Tenor, Nigel Foster - Piano

The final concert of our 2016 Festival is a celebration of comedy song.

Nicky Spence is one of the brightest young tenors of our time, and Melinda Hughes is a sought after opera singer, recitalist and cabaret performer.  This concert is kindly sponsored by Gedye & Sons.




 
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