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 11 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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A Quiet Revolution,
19:15 Fri 20 Oct 2017

Nadine Benjamin – Soprano,
Julien van Mellaerts – Baritone,
Nigel Foster - Piano
Nathan Medina - Speaker,


Concert curated by Michael Harper

Songs by forgotten black British and African 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 both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and Wigmore Hall International Song Competition 2017, with Nigel Foster (piano).

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A Revolution in Sexual Politics
19:15 Fri 27 Oct 2017

Lorena Paz Nieto - Soprano,
Michael Mofidian – Bass Baritone,
Nigel Foster - Piano
Kevin Moore Speaker

A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the (partial) decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.  The programme ranges from Lieder by Schubert and Richard Strauss which have an underground gay slant, through to settings of gay poets Verlaine, Proust, Gertrude Stein, A E Housman, W H Auden and others, and music by Reynaldo Hahn, Samuel Barber, Poulenc, Britten, Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Lee Hoiby, Ned Rorem, Saint-Saëns, John Ireland, and many other gay composers.  We include the earliest ever gay rights protest song (Das Lila Lied by Spoliansky), written in 1921 and many other little known gems illustrating  the story leading up to the 1967 Act.
Performed by Lorena Paz Nieto (soprano), winner of the Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist programme and Michael Mofidian (bass baritone), a member of the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, Kevin Moore (speaker), Prior Anthony in World Without End TV series, Melchior in The Inn at Lydda at Wanamaker Plahouse, and Nigel Foster (piano).

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Women’s Lives and Loves 
19:15 Fri 3 Nov 

Gemma Summerfield – Soprano, 
Nigel Foster - Piano
Gay Soper - Speaker

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, Radclyffe Hall, Anne Lister and others. Sung by soprano Gemma Summerfield, winner of the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Award, "A show-stopper – pure vocal champagne” (Rupert Christiansen: The Daily Telegraph), with speaker Gay Soper, West End leads include Godspell, Sundaz in the Park, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Nigel Foster (piano)

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Springs and Roundabouts: Afternoon Tea with Miss Hope Springs
14:00 Sat 4 Nov 

A very special milestone for the London Song Festival, as towering blonde glamour-puss, composer - lyricist and ex Vegas nightclub chanteuse Miss Hope Springs brings you songs from her unreleased 1969 LP.

She reflects "There are so many circles, spirals and revolutions on the journey of life. I was personally entertaining Fidel Castro when the Cuban one broke out in 1953 and the windmills of my mind have been on spin-cycle ever since. It feels like I have been going round in circles for years…and strangely not getting any further than the camper van in Dungeness that I share with my husband Irving and his hairdresser pal Carlos."

More will be revealed in Hope’s London Song Festival debut as she plays the piano and sings numbers from her self-penned award-winning, witty, toe-tapping showstoppers and smouldering torch songs.

" I will take you down the convoluted route that is my own personal Memory Lane and trust me…It’s not always a pretty sight.”

As a special favour for the London Song Festival, Miss Hope Springs will join the audience over tea and cakes after the concert.
 
'A carefully scripted and beautifully delivered mixture of hilarious anecdote and original song' Broadway Baby ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶
 
'A rich vein of comedy…Witty and intelligent' The Stage  ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ 
 
‘A repertoire to be reckoned with...Quite simply brilliant' Fringe Review ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ 

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Schumann Circles and Cycles
19:15 Fri 10 Nov

Ailish Tynan – Soprano, 
James Newby – Baritone
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; the Heine cycle Op 24 sung by James Newby (baritone), winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, and the Eichendorff cycle 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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Distant Love
19:15 Fri 17 Nov 2017

Anna Huntley - Mezzo Soprano, 
Ashley Riches – Baritone,
Sarah Berger - Speaker,
Nigel Foster - Piano

The first ever song-cycle; Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte, and other songs about distant, doomed or impossible love, with mezzo soprano Anna Huntley described by The Guardian as a ‘fast-rising British talent’, a regular performer at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals, Ludlow English Song Weekend, BBC Radio 3, Wiener Musikverein and London’s Wigmore Hall and baritone Ashley Riches, Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist and BBC New Generation Artist.  Interspersed with readings spoken by Sarah Berger and accompanied by Nigel Foster (piano).



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A Jarman Winterreise
14:00 Sat 18 Nov 2017,  


Simon Wallfisch – Baritone,
Nigel Foster – Piano
Kevin Moore - Speaker

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 men of the twentieth century; film director, artist, author, gardener, stage designer and diarist.  Performed with Kevin Moore (speaker), Prior Anthony in World Without End TV series, Melchior in The Inn at Lydda at Wanamaker Plahouse.

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A Housman Dichterliebe
19:15 Fri 24 Nov 2017


Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone,
Nigel Foster - Piano
Gabriel Woolf - Speaker


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, with Gabriel Woolf, best known for his portrayal of Sir Percival in the 1953 film Knights of the Round Table, and Sutekh in the 1975 Doctor Who serial Pyramids of Mars, and Nigel Foster (piano).


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Die Schöne Müllerin
19:15 Fri 1 Dec 2017
James Way– Tenor, 
Nigel Foster - Piano

Schubert’s song cycle sung by tenor James Way, winner of the 2nd Prize in the 62nd Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall.  James has also been awarded the 2016 Simon Sandbach Award from Garsington Opera, the 'most promising singer' award at the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship and is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist.  He will be accompanied by Nigel Foster.

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


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


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Russian Revolution Centenary Concert 
19:15 Fri 8 Dec 2017 

Ilona Domnich -Soprano
Paul Whelan - Bass-Baritone
Gabriel Woolf - Speaker,
Nigel Foster - Piano


A commemoration of the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution in words and music incorporating eyewitness accounts of that turbulent time, including the writings of Arthur Ransome, with songs by Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and some others.  With soprano Ilona Domnich, 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, bass baritone Paul Whelan, winner of the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize in 1993, who has sung roles from Claggart to Wotan in opera houses world-wide, Gabriel Woolf, best known for his portrayal of Sir Percival in the 1953 film Knights of the Round Table, and Sutekh in the 1975 Doctor Who serial Pyramids of Mars, and Nigel Foster (piano). 

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