Master Classes

"A wonderful institution, I always enjoy it every year!"

Master Classes

The London Song Festival are excited to announce we
 will be holding two master classes this year, each with a prizes kindly donated by the British Music Society and Schubert Society.

Each master class is public and will be held in two sessions; starting at 2pm and 6pm.  Application deadline is 22nd September, and applicants must be no older than 35.

The Singer by Gloria Loring
Lieder Masterclass

This year our Lieder Master Class was held by Sophie Daneman.  An incredible evening full of Schubert and other lied, performed by some of the best song singers in London.  

Congratulations to Lauren Lodge-Campbell on being selected by Sophie Daneman as this years Master Class winner.  

Lauren Lodge-Campell and the Schubert Society Bronze Statue

Nigel Foster, Udo Bauer, Lauren Lodge-Campbell and Sophie Daneman. 

British Song Masterclass

This year our British Song Master Class was held by Dame Felicity Palmer.  An amazing evening, all singers performed excellently, presenting a programme of songs by Warlock and other British composers.

A huge congratulations to the three winners picked by Dame Felicity:

1st:  Felicity Turner
2nd:  Eleanor Ross
3rd:  Jevan McAuley

Jevan McAuley - 3rd Prize Winner

Eleanor Ross - 2nd Prize Winner

Felicity Turner - 1st Prize winner.  

Dame Felicity Palmer

Dame Felicity Palmer has had a career spanning some four decades, firstly as a concert soprano and, during the 1980s, as an operatic mezzo-soprano. Her early work included a wide variety of repertoire, from baroque music with Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and concerts and recordings with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, to contemporary works with the London Sinfonietta and David Atherton and work with Pierre Boulez, with whom she recorded and toured Messiaen's Poemes pour Mi with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

As a soprano Dame Felicity made a tour of Australia for the ABC and worked, among others, with Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Rozhdestvensky (Shostakovich Symphony No.14 and The Trojans at the BBC Proms), Raymond Leppard (recording of Messiah), Sir Charles Mackerras (recording of Judas Maccabaeus for DGG, concert performances and the BBC Proms) as well as concerts with all the major London orchestras, the New York Philharmonic and the LA Philharmonic.  On becoming a mezzo-soprano many operatic engagements followed, including regular appearances at Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House (including Sweeney Todd and Elektra), her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in Wagner's Ring Cycle with James Levine and many subsequent appearances; Das Rheingold and Die Walküre in Munich with Zubin Mehta, Dialogues des Carmélites with Riccardo Muti at La Scala and with Michel Plasson in Zurich and Toulouse, as well as work in Amsterdam, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris and English National Opera in London.

Dame Felicity’s recent engagements include Geneviève Pelléas et Mélisande with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Klytemnestra Elektra with Seymon Bychkov at the BBC Proms, a return to English National Opera for The Countess The Queen of Spades, Mrs Sedley Peter Grimes for Zurich Opera, English National Opera and with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano, Madame de Croissy Dialogues of the Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Mrs Peachum The Threepenny Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski.

Sophie Daneman

Sophie Daneman studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Johanna Peters and has established an international reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire. An accomplished recitalist, Sophie Daneman has appeared at many of the world’s major recital venues, including the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Musikverein Vienna, and Carnegie Hall.

Her opera engagements have included Rodelinda in the Netherlands, Arianna, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare and Dalila Samson (Göttingen Handel Festival), and an acclaimed Mélisande for the Opéra Comique. She has sung Servilia La Clemenza di Tito (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra), Euridice L’Anima del Filosofo (Opéra de Lausanne), Euridice L’Orfeo and Dido and Aeneas (Bavarian State Opera), Phèdre Hippolyte et Aricie (Nederlandse Reisopera), title role Theodora with William Christie in New York, Paris and Salzburg, and Bernstein’s Wonderful Town and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Grange Park Opera. Sophie also appeared in the staged productions of Tod Machover’s Skellig at the Sage Gateshead.

Sophie has toured extensively with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, as well as performing with Sir Neville Marriner, Gérard Lesne, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Phillipe Herreweghe, Ivor Bolton and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has sung Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at the Maggio Musicale, L’Allegro with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Halle Handel Festival, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Rias Kammerchor, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent concert engagements include recitals for the BBC and appearances with De Doelen Rotterdam, William Walton’s Façade alongside Ian Bostridge and the Roma Sinfonietta Ensemble, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival and with Tafelmusik in Toronto, Schoenberg’s Quartet Op. 10 with the Tokyo String Quartet in Valencia and Madrid, a joint recital at Temple Church with Ian Bostridge and Julius Drake and settings of Goethe and Schiller at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Recent and upcoming highlights include a recital and masterclass at the Oxford Lieder Festival, a recording project of seventeenth-century music entitled Masque of Moments with Theatre of the Ayre for Linn Records, further performances with Le Jardin des Voix and assisting Stephen Langridge on his production of Theodora for Théâtre des Champs Élysées.  Upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington a recording of a new song cycle The Thought Machine by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and further directing work with Le Jardin des Voix, the young artist academy of Les Arts Florissants.