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.
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.
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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.