Concerts

The London Song Festival 2017 

"Circles, Cycles and Revolutions”

 
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the London Song Festival, and to celebrate this milestone we are putting on the biggest Festival yet, with 10 concerts under the heading "Circles, Cycles and Revolutions”. We are programming all the great iconic song-cycles of the Lieder repertoire by Schubert and Schumann, which form the heart and core of the Song repertoire, and at the same time we are celebrating and commemorating several important revolutions that took place during the twentieth century by marking the 50th anniversary of the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the centenary of the Russian Revolution, and the Civil Rights revolution as manifested in art-songs written by black British and American composers.

 
All the concerts take place at Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer St, W1U 2QJ, in the heart of London’s West End, and begin at 7.15pm for Friday evening concerts, and 2pm for Saturday concerts.

Nearest stations are Bond Street and Oxford Circus.


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Concerts 2017

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19:15 Fri 20 Oct 2017 - A Quiet Revolution, 
Nadine Benjamin – Soprano
Julien van Mellaerts – baritone,
Nigel Foster - piano

Concert curated by Michael Harper

Songs by forgotten black British and American composers, in association with Black History Month and the African-American Art Song Alliance. A celebration of the Civil Rights movement that transformed the lives of black people, and which is in many ways still ongoing. Including songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Errollyn Wallen, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore and many others.  
Presented by soprano Nadine Benjamin, hailed by Opera Now magazine as one of the top ten of a new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers, and baritone Julien van Mellaerts, winner of this year’s prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award, with Nigel Foster (piano).

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19:15 Fri 27 Oct 2017 - A Revolution in Sexual Politics
Tom Isherwood – Baritone, 
Nigel Foster - Piano

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. A programme of words and music by gay composers including Britten, Poulenc, Barber, Tchaikovsky, Tippett, Copland, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Ethel Smythe, and gay poets Proust, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, W H Auden, Lorca, Somerset Maugham and others, with readings from the diaries and journals of Christopher Isherwood, Joe Orton and Edward Carpenter, and ‘Coming Out’ quotes through history.
Performed by the winners of the two London Song Festival competitions in 2016; Eleanor Penfold (soprano), winner of the Schubert Song Prize and Tom Isherwood (baritone), winner of the British Art-Song Competition, with Nigel Foster (piano).

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19:15 Fri 3 Nov – Women’s Lives and Loves
Gemma Lois Summerfield – Soprano,
Sarah Berger – Reader,
Nigel Foster - Piano


A performance of Frauenliebe und Leben, Schumann’s iconic cycle of a woman’s life and love, and other songs by women composers, with readings from the diaries and journals of famous and infamous lesbians throughout history, including Virginia Woolf, Vita-Sackville-West, and Radclyffe Hall, Josephine Baker and others. Sung by soprano Gemma Lois Summerfield, winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Award, "A show-stopper – pure vocal champagne” (Rupert Christiansen: The Daily Telegraph), with Sarah Berger (reader) and Nigel Foster (piano)

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19:15 Fri 10 Nov– Schumann Circles and Cycles
James Newby – Baritone
Ailish Tynan – Soprano,
Nigel Foster – Piano

A rare performance of the two great Liederkreis cycles by Robert Schumann sung together by two of the most exciting young singers in the UK today; Op 24 sung by James Newby (baritone), winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, and Op 39 sung by Ailish Tynan (soprano), BBC New Generation Artist and Vilar Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, with Nigel Foster (piano)


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19:15 Fri 17 Nov 2017– Distant Love
Soraya Mafi – Soprano, Ashley Riches – Baritone, 
Nigel Foster - Piano

The first ever song-cycle; Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte, and other songs abut distant, doomed or impossible love, with soprano Soraya Mafi, ENO Harwood Artist "...lights up the stage and pricks up the ears (Hugh Canning: The Sunday Times) and baritone Ashley Riches, Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist and BBC New Generation Artist, with Nigel Foster (piano).


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14:00 Sat 18 Nov 2017,  – A Jarman Winterreise
Simon Wallfisch – Baritone
Nigel Foster – Piano

Baritone Simon Wallfisch ("There was an energy and buzz every time Simon Wallfisch was on stage”: Opera Today) and Nigel Foster (piano) perform Schubert’s extraordinary song-cycle Winterreise, interspersed with readings from the diary of Derek Jarman, charting his winter journey from his diagnosis as HIV positive in 1986 to his death from AIDS in 1994. This will be a very moving and emotional combination of arguably the greatest song cycle ever written, with the words of one of the true Renaissance man of the twentieth century; film director, artist, author, gardener, stage designer and diarist.

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19:15 Fri 24 Nov 2017– A Housman Dichterliebe
Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone,
Nigel Foster - Piano

Schumann’s great cycle of love and loss, combined with readings of A E Housman’s later poems, which reveal his struggles with his sexuality that he could never express. These poems are less well known than his Shropshire lad, but are arguably more intense and personal. Sung by baritone Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award 2010 and Nigel Foster (piano).


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19:15 Fri 1 Dec 2017– Die Schöne Müllerin

Ben Johnson – Tenor, 
Nigel Foster - Piano

Schubert’s song cycle sung by tenor Ben Johnson, winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize 2013, and a former BBC New Generation Artist, with Nigel Foster (piano).



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14:00 Sat 2 December 2017, 2pm –Young Singers, Pianists and Actors Showcase

A special concert featuring the prize-winners of the four competitions held by the Association of English Singer and Speakers, encompassing Art-Song, music theatre and acting. 


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  19:15 Fri 8 Dec 2017 – Russian Revolution Centenary Concert 


A commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution in words and music with soprano Ilona Domnich and pianist Nigel Foster. Ilona was chosen by Opera Now 2014 as Top 10 high flyers, "new generation of sopranos who are destined to have impressive careers”, she was selected as the Artist of the Month in Opera 2015 and was a Telegraph’s choice of best British-based talent December 2016. 

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