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2018 Concert Series:

 

1918 - Forward and Back

The 2018 London Song Festival focuses 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.

 
 
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A Bernstein Celebration
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A Bernstein Celebration

Saturday October 13th 2018 - 14:00

 

Nazan Fikret (Britten-Pears Artist & Garsington Alvarez Artist) – Soprano

Holly-Marie Bingham - Mezzo

Grainne Gillis – alto

Alberto Sousa - Tenor

Felix Kemp (OHP Young Artist & Britten-Pears Young Artist) - Baritone

Will Thomas (Winner 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award) - Bass

Nigel Foster - Piano

 

 

A celebration of the centenary of the birth of America’s iconic composer, conductor and raconteur. This concert includes a complete performance of his SongFest, plus a host of his characterful songs for voice and piano including I Hate Music and La Bonne Cuisine, as well as extracts from some of his shows including West Side Story

 


 
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Circles within Circles
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Circles within Circles: The life and friendships of William Busch from the end of one war to the end of another

Saturday 20th Oct 2018, 14:00


Diana Moore – Mezzo,

(“warm, plush, full and eminently smooth, with an air of nobility and grace” (San Francisco Classical Voice) 

Jorge Navarro Colorado – Tenor,

Outstanding” (The Times) “Magnificent” (Wiener Zeitung))

Nigel Foster – Piano,

Julia Busch – Speaker

 

An exploration in music and images of the life of this forgotten British composer who died tragically young, just as his genius was beginning to be recognised. He left extensive diaries and letters , extracts from which will be read by his daughter Julia Busch, which paint a fascinating picture of the musical scene of the time, as well as giving insights into the lives of his friends and colleagues John Ireland, Gerald Finzi. Sir Michael Tippett and others. We begin his story, which spans both sides of the Atlantic, in this momentous year of 1918.


 
 
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Impressions of Debussy
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Impressions of Debussy

Wednesday 24th Oct 2018, 19:00 

Catriona Hewitson - Soprano,

(winner of the Song Prize in the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Award)

Jake Muffett – Baritone

(winner 2017 Royal Overseas League Singing Competition)

Nigel Foster – Piano,

Kevin Moore - Speaker

 

The songs of Claude Debussy, in a concert to mark the centenary of his death, sung in the context of accounts and descriptions of the man and his music by his contemporaries and colleagues, including singers Maggie Teyte and Mary Garden, his fellow composers Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Percy Grainger and Paul Dukas, the conductor Sir Henry Wood, his publisher Durand, and the music hall star Colette. This concert will paint a fascinating and perhaps surprising portrait of this complex character and the times in which he lived.


 
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London Song Festival Prize Winners Concert
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London Song Festival Prize Winners Concert

Sat 27th Oct 2018, 14:00  

 

Eleanor Penfold – Soprano

(winner Schubert Song Prize 2016)

Thomas Isherwood – Baritone

(winner British Art Song Competition 2016)

Lauren Lodge-Campbell – Soprano

(winner Schubert Song Prize 2017)

Felicity Turner – Mezzo

(winner British Art Song Competition 2017)

Nigel Foster – Piano,

Felicity Dean - Speaker

 

A chance to hear the winners of the two London Song Festival singing competitions from 2016 and 2017. The LSF runs the British Art Song Competition (in association with the British Music Society) and the Schubert Singer Prize (in association with the Schubert Society of Britain) as part of it’s annual British Song and Lieder masterclasses. The programme for this concert will comprise songs and readings on the subject of imprisonment and exile, featuring extracts from the writings of Nelson Mandela, to mark the centenary of his birth. We also include the words of other famous and infamous prisoners throughout history including some of the wives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Al Capone, and many more, as well as songs by Schumann, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Berlioz, Dowland and others.


 
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Beyond Jerusalem
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Beyond Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Sir Charles Hubert Parry

Wednesday 31st Oct 2018, 19:00

Patrick Terry – Counter-Tenor,

(2018/19 Jette Parker Young Artist, Royal Opera House)

Dominic Sedgwick - baritone

(2017/18 Jette Parker Young Artist, Royal Opera House)

Nigel Foster – Piano,

Gabriel Woolf - Speaker

 

 An exploration of the songs and life of Sir Charles Hubert Parry, best known today as the composer of Jerusalem, a stalwart of the Last Night of the Proms, and generally thought of as an Edwardian ‘stick-in-themud’. However nothing could be further from the truth; his politics were (for the time) radical, he was a keen sailor, and one of the first motorists to be issued with a speeding ticket. This concert features extracts from his diaries and letters, some of which have never been heard in public. Parry’s songs will be sung by two members of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme of the Royal Opera House.

 


 
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Association of English Singers and Speakers Prize Winners Concert
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Association of English Singers and Speakers Prize Winners Concert

Saturday 3rd Nov 2018, 14:00

A special concert featuring the winners of the five competitions run by the Association of English Singers and Speakers, including the Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition, the Fell Music Theatre Prize and the Timothy West and Prunella Scales Speech Prize


 
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March of the Women
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March of the Women: A celebration of female composers who furthered the cause of freedom and equality in music

Wed 7th Nov 2018, 19:00

Diana Moore – Mezzo

“warm, plush, full and eminently smooth, with an air of nobility and grace” 

(San Francisco Classical Voice)

Nigel Foster – Piano

 

 

This year we celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which extended the voting franchise and gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote for the first time. Through words, music and images, this concert explores the lives and songs of leading female composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, who by their work and actions changed the musical landscape for those who followed in their footsteps. The programme includes songs by Ethel Smyth, Amy WoodfordeFinden, Liza Lehmann, Maude Valerie White, Elizabeth Poston, Elisabeth Lutyens and others.


 
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Art Sung: Alma Mahler
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Art Sung: Alma Mahler

Wed 14th Nov 2018, 19:00

 

Lorena Paz Nieto – Soprano,

Jon Stainsby – Baritone

Elizabeth Mucha – Piano,

Sandy Walsh – Actress

(Emmerdale Farm, The Peep Show, Holby City)

 

 

1918 saw the death of the Vienna Secessionist painter Gustav Klimt, most famous for his painting The Kiss. He gave Alma Mahler her first kiss age 17. This dramatised song recital, devised by Elizabeth Mucha tells the story of Alma and her conflicted relationship with Gustav Mahler through her heartfelt diary entries and a background of stunning video projections of artwork from 1900's Vienna. Alma's songs are at the heart of this concert alongside music by Mahler, Zemlinsky, Wagner, Schumann and Beethoven.


 
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The World of Lili and Nadia Boulanger
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The World of Lili and Nadia Boulanger

Fri 16th Nov 2018, 19:00

 

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Jess Dandy – Contralto

Dylan Perez - Piano

 

 

Lili Boulanger died tragically young in 1918. aged just 24. A child prodigy and first female winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome, she was the genius of her family. After her death her older sister Nadia gave up composition and concentrated on teaching, counting among her students some of the greatest American composers of the 20th century. This concert, given by the winners of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform explores the musical world of the Boulangers and their legacy

Tickets and Location

 
 

Tickets are available on the door or on our website via the links on our Concert Page.

 

All concerts take place at

Hinde Street Methodist Church,

Hinde Street W1U 2QJ,

 

The church is located in the heart of London’s West End.

The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.