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2019 Concert Series:

 

The 2019 London Song Festival – Outsiders

The 2019 London Song Festival will be on the theme of Outsiders.  Nine concerts, taking place between October 17th and December 5th, will explore the songs, poetry and lives of composers, poets and events all of which can be considered as being or involving outsiders in their different ways. Concerts are devoted to Hector Berlioz, Clara Schumann and Walt Whitman, and to women composers including Rebecca Clarke, Betty Roe, Amy Woodforde-Finden and Elaine Hugh-Jones. We explore the lives and songs of composers who escaped Nazi Germany to forge new lives in the UK, and composers who emigrated to Australia to create the vibrant musical scene that exists there. Special concerts commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and explore the challenges faced by people with autism and related conditions. The singers include Nadine Benjamin, Julien van Mellaerts, Simon Wallfisch, Lorena Paz Nieto. The London Song Festival is proud to collaborate with Art-Sung, Celebrating Australian Music, the British Music Society, the Schubert Society of Great Britain, and the Association of English Singers and Speakers.

 

All the concerts take place in the heart of London’s West End, at Hinde Street Methodist Church and St George Hanover Square.

Tickets will cost £20 and £15 concessions and will include a free interval drink (non-alcoholic).

 

 
 
 

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The Outsiders Fight Back
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Thursday October 17th, 7pm

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Thursday October 17th, 7pm - The Outsiders Fight Back                                                                                    
A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Hinde Street Methodist Church W1

Felix Kemp - Baritone

(Royal Opera House Covent Garden Oxford Lieder Festival, British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera)


Nigel Foster – Piano
Michael Harper  - Speaker
 

The Stonewall riots, centring on the Stonewall Inn in New York, are seen as the catalyst for the fight for gay rights worldwide. This concert will feature readings of eyewitness accounts, some previously unheard, from people who took part in the riots, giving a vivid impression of the events of the summer of 1969. There will be songs by William Bolcom, John Corigliano (from his cycle Mr Tambourine Man, with words by Bob Dylan), Christopher Berg, Chris DeBlasio, Margaret Bonds, Lee Hoiby and others. The concert will feature two world premieres; a song-cycle commissioned by The London Song Festival, written by Ben Moore one of America’s most prominent contemporary composers, known for his tuneful and lyrical style, whose works have been commissioned and premiered by the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and whose songs have been sung and recorded by Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Frederica von Stade, Lawrence Brownlee and others, with a text specially written by Mark Campbell, librettist for 15 contemporary American opera including ‘Stonewall’ by Iain Bell, which is being premiered by New York City Opera in June this year, and ‘Silent Night’, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This concert will also a performance of a new song by Anthony Greencomposer, performance artist and gay rights activist, on the subject of Marsha P Johnson and Silvia Rivera, both activists and drag queens who played a prominent role in the Stonewall riots.

 


 
 

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Celebrating Australian Music
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Friday October 25th, 7pm

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Friday October 25th, 7pm – Celebrating Australian Music

An exploration of music composed by emigrés to Australia
St George Hanover Square W1

Samantha Crawford – Soprano 

(winner Wagner Society Singing Competition and Berliner International Competition)

Victoria Hodgkinson – Mezzo  

(Kohn Bach Scholar at Royal Academy of Music)

Chi-Yu Mo - clarinet

(co-principal clarinet, LSO and professor at the Royal Academy of Music)

Wendy Hiscocks – Piano    

Ann Holme - actress

Alistair Goulden - Technician and Lighting

Join Australian singers Samantha Crawford and Victoria Hodgkinson as they explore the riches of Australian art song composed by Don Banks, Brett Dean, Wendy Hiscocks, Elena Kats-Chernin and others. Australian literature also features with David Martin’s description of an outback Australian Christmas and Michael Leunig’s popular texts both witty and wise read by actress Ann Holme as well as set to music in Brett Dean’s Poems and Prayers. And what better way to top it all off than with a glass of Australian Wine?


 
 

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The Sexual Outsider
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Thursday October 24th 7pm

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Thursday October 24th 7pm - The Sexual Outsider 
Settings of Walt Whitman, whose bicentenary is celebrated in 2019   

Hinde Street Methodist Church W1

Julien van Mellaerts - baritone  Winner of 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Award and 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition
Nigel Foster - piano
Speaker - tbc

 

Walt Whitman is one of America’s most important poets, often seen as a major prophet of gay liberation and the struggle for gay rights. This concert will include settings of his poems by Vaughan Williams, Cyril Scott, Frank Bridge, Ned Rorem (including parts of his powerful cycle War Scenes, settings of texts written when Whitman was working as a nurse in a Civil War hospital), Vaughan Williams, Kurt Weill, Hans Werner Henze, Oliver Knussen, Ives, Hindemith,  Charles Villiers Stanford, Hamilton Harty, Lee Hoiby, Jake Heggie, Coleridge-Taylor, Philip Glass and others, together with readings from his Leaves of Grass poems, giving an intimate picture of the life and loves of this controversial figure.


 

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The Exiled Outsiders
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Thursday October 31st

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Thursday October 31st 7pm - The Exiled Outsiders           

Hinde Street Methodist Church W1                                                                        

Madaline Bradbury-Rance - Soprano

(Winner London Song Festival Lieder Prize 2018)

Simon Wallfisch - Baritone 

(recitals at Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3)


Nigel Foster – Piano
Barbara Gellhorn – speaker

 

A programme of songs by Hans Gál and Peter Gellhorn, two composers who escaped Nazi Germany and made new lives in Britain, after initial internment on the Isle of Man. Both composers made huge contributions to the musical life of this country. Hans Gál made his home in Edinburgh and was one of the founders of the Edinburgh Festival. He was awarded the OBE in 1964. Peter Gellhorn conducted at Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. Both wrote many songs which are of outstanding quality, lyrical and full of emotion and deserve to be far more widely known. The songs will be interspersed with readings from Stefan Zweig’s ‘The World of Yesterday’ describing life in Austria during the 1930s, Hans Gal’s diaries, written during and after his escape from Germany and during his internment on the Isle of Man, and letters between Peter Gellhorn and his daughter Barbara Gellhorn, to be read by Barbara.


 
 

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The Autistic Outsider
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Thursday November 7th

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Thursday November 7th, 7pm - The Autistic Outsider      
Hinde Street Methodist Church W1                                                                         

James Robinson May – Baritone 

(National Opera Studio)


Theodore Platt – Baritone 

(French Song Exchange Wigmore Hall, Verbier Festival, International Meistersinger Akademie)


Michael Csanyi-Wills - Piano
Nigel Foster – Piano

 

In association with the National Autistic Society, this concert features James Robinson May, alumni of the National Opera Studio and autism sufferer, who has written a series of nine poems, Last Love Lost, charting with great intensity the condition and the havoc it has played with his emotional life and relationships. These have been set to music by Michael Csanyi-Wills, composer and pianist, and will be interspersed with the nine songs Op 32 by Brahms, which inspired the poems. This concert will be presented in partnership with 


 

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The Musical Outsider
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Thursday November 14th

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Thursday November 14th 7pm - The Musical Outsider 
The songs of Hector Berlioz to mark the 150th anniversary of his death
Hinde Street Methodist Church

Nadine Benjamin - Soprano 

(ENO Porgy and Bess (Clara) and La Boheme (Musetta)) 

Tenor - tbc
Nigel Foster – Piano     
Gabriel Woolf - Speaker 

 

Berlioz never conformed to any of the musical stereotypes of his day.  Always larger than life, writing music that is often impractical, and always startling, even today. This concert includes the solo songs from his rarely heard but outstandingNeuf Melodies Irlandaises for tenor, settings of translations of Thomas Moore’sIrish Melodies, including Elegie, written to commemorate the execution of the Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet. The concert also includes the complete Nuits d’Ete, in their original version for piano and voice (not the versions generally heard, which are the piano reductions of the later orchestral versions). Also Zaide (with castanets) and La Mort d’Ophelie.
The concert will feature readings from Berlioz’s Memoirs, which shed light on his character, his passionate relationship with the great Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson, and his struggles to get his music accepted by the musical establishment of his day.


 
 

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Association of English Singers and Speakers Prize-Winners’ Concert
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Thursday November 21st

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Thursday November 21st - Association of English Singers and Speakers Prize-Winners’ Concert      
Hinde Street Methodist Church W1                  

 

The winning singers, speaker and pianist from the five AESS competitions: ThePatricia Routledge National English Song Competition, Courtney Kenny Prize, Music Theatre Prize, Junior Prize and Timothy West/Prunella Scales Speech Prize, combine in a programme on the subject of Outsiders and Emigrés. 
The Thompson Educational Trust will fund a competition for composers, with the winning songs being performed at this concert


 
 

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The Emotional Outsider
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Thursday November 28th

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Thursday November 28th  7pm - The Emotional Outsider
The Songs and Life of Clara Schumann, marking the bicentenary of her birth 
Hinde Street Methodist Church W1

Lorena Paz Nieto - soprano 

(Oxford Lieder Festival Young Artist, National Opera Studio)

Elizabeth Mucha – piano     
Actress -  tbc

 

A concert presented by ArtSung featuring video projections of art works linked with the characters. This will be a staged production of the life and loves of Clara Schumann. Art Sung writes:

Despite being hailed as the 'Queen of the piano' throughout Europe, the young Clara Wieck could never fully enjoy her success or even any semblance of a balanced childhood, as her father demanded a huge amount of commitment and discipline from her. She in turn internalised this strict regime and made it her own, forever striving to improve her musical skills as well as becoming her own business manager. Similarly, Clara as an adult didn't have the luxury to enjoy the fruits of her success. Even during the legendary years of marriage to Robert, the domestic bliss which she had dreamed of was short-lived, as Robert’s illness and the ever-growing family demanded that she stepped up her efforts to look after the family. With Robert's death, her response was to turn to her own skills as a piano virtuoso to provide for all her children and grandchildren rather than rely on help from others. Her own children were sent to boarding schools, and she spent the best part of the second half of her life (spanning 40 years) after Robert’s death touring and performing. In many ways, she was an ‘outsider' from a normal social and emotional life. When struck by misfortune she never gave up, driven always by her total dedication to music and the protection of her loved ones. She was devoted to music for music's sake and having been taught in a way that made her a perfectionist, she worked extremely hard to please herself above all. Music was her emotional haven, but equally music shaped her entire life. 
  


 
 

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Outsider Women
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Thursday December 5th

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Thursday December 5th 7pm - Outsider Women                                                                                         
The songs of Betty Roe, Elaine Hugh-Jones, Rebecca Clarke (d 1979 – 40 yrs ago) and Amy Woodford-Finden (centenary d 1919)
Hinde Street Methodist Church W1

Erika Mädi Jones - soprano 

(Winner 2018 LSF/BMS British Art Song Competition)

Panaretos Kyriatzidis – piano 

(Winner 2018 LSF/BMS British Art Song Competition) 

The songs of four women composers who are all Outsiders in different ways. Betty Roe and Elaine Hugh-Jones came from families that were outside the normal ‘middle-class’ way in to classical music, Rebecca Clarke and Amy Woodforde-Finden both lived distant lands and different cultures, Rebecca Clarke lived in the US for the latter part of her life and Amy Woodforde-Finden, born in Chile to American parents, married a surgeon in the Indian army and lived in India for several years.