SongNights

  • Wednesday 26 June
  • 8.00pm
  • £8 - £15

Katy Hamilton presenter

Helen Smee conductor

Jess Dandy contralto

Robert Murray tenor

Ian Tindale piano

Voices of London Consort

BBC radiopresenter Katy Hamilton heads a starry line-up of emerging talentfrom British conservatoires singing works by Stanford, Elgar and Rheinberger. The launch of an exciting new venture for Voices of London Festival.

Voices of London presents a unique bringing together of solo songs and choral pieces, sacred and secular, by British and Austro-German composers. A rare opportunity to hear these pieces side by side, this concert traces the strong nineteenth-century connections between public and private religious music, the parlour song and convivial vocal ensembles. Music by Parry, Stanford and Liza Lehmann features alongside Brahms, Rheinberger (celebrating the 180th anniversary of his birth), Clara and Robert Schumann, and Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. Curated and presented by writer and broadcaster Katy Hamilton, a specialist in music of the late 19th century, the close interrelationships between these vocal genres – and their composers is explored in a rich and varied programme of musical internationalism to the eve of the First World War. 

Cumbrian contralto Jess Dandy has won the London Bach Society Prize and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Highlights include Les Nuits d’Été with BBC Symphony Orchestra and the role of Micah (Samson) with the Dunedin Consort, as well as recitals in Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall. Forthcoming appearances include performances with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.

Tenor Robert Murray has sung for the Royal Opera House and English National Opera and he has performed at the Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs for Signum.  Recent highlights include concerts with Academy of Ancient Music, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the LSO and Philharmonia. 

Following studies at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, collaborative pianist Ian Tindale was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition. Recent engagements have included song recitals at the Leeds Lieder and Ryedale Festivals, Het Concertgebouw and Palau de la Música, with artists such as James Newby, Soraya Mafi and Josep-Ramon Olivé.

 

  • Pre-concert & interval bar