The London Song Festival is one of London's leading song festivals.
The LSF's mission is to "fly the flag" for the wonderful art-form of song, collating recitals with repertoire ranging from Schubert to Britten and beyond. It is a unique joining together of music and poetry that is capable of expressing great beauty and emotional depth in ways that can equal or even surpass any other genre.
1918 - Forward and Back
The 2018 London Song Festival focusses on the momentous year of 1918. With a rich tapestry of songs, spoken word and images, we present nine concerts featuring some of the most exciting young prize-winning singers in the country to celebrate the centenaries of giants Claude Debussy, Leonard Bernstein and Nelson Mandela, and mark the one hundredth anniversaries of Lili Boulanger, Sir Charles Hubert Parry and Gustav Klimt. We also celebrate the passing into UK law of the Representation of the People Act 1918, that extended the voting franchise and allowed women to vote for the first time. The London Song Festival is collaborating with the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Association of English Singers and Speakers, both of whose outstanding Young Artists and prizewinners will be featured in separate concerts. We are also very excited to be collaborating with the innovative group Art Sung, whose concert on November 14th will feature video projections of paintings as part of a staged event depicting the life of Alma Mahler. We hope you will join us to enjoy these exciting and unusual concerts and celebrate these great people and events with us.
There are two master classes and competitions in the 2018 Festival. The first, given by Sally Burgess, is devoted to Lieder and is sponsored by the Schubert Society of Britain. The second, given by Roger Vignoles, concentrates on British Song and is supported by the British Music Society.
"Superbly organised and executed. World class singers – Thank you"
Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Graham Johnson, and also privately with Roger Vignoles. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and has been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Nigel enjoys a busy schedule performing on the concert platform. He has played for artists including the late Philip Langridge, Sarah Walker, Ian Partridge, Roderick Williams, Neil Jenkins, Yvonne Kenny, Jeremy Huw Williams, Maire Flavin, Anna Devin, Ruby Hughes, Gillian Keith, Nicky Spence, Jane Manning, Marcus Farnsworth, Benedict Nelson and violinist Madeleine Mitchell, as well as many of Britain's leading young singers. He performs at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St John Smith Square and Royal Opera House (Crush Room) in London, and St David's Hall in Cardiff.
In his formative years Nigel played for Graham Johnson's Songmakers Almanac, the Park Lane Group and several opera companies including Glyndebourne. Nigel has worked with John Eliot Gardiner CBE, and he has happy memories of his time as a rehearsal pianist for the late Georg Solti, playing for singers including Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Nigel worked closely with Sarah Walker in the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Nigel's CD recordings include several discs of contemporary music and anthologies of songs of Alun Hoddinott and Mansel Thomas with baritone Jeremy Huw Williams for the Sain label. He features on the soundtrack of the French film L'Homme est une Femme Comme les Autres.
Nigel performs extensively abroad. He has played all over Europe, Asia (Japan, Malaysia), New Zealand and the Americas (USA, Canada, Colombia) and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and on French, Welsh and Greek television.