Hi everyone. The last couple of weeks have been full of exciting things, but I’m told I mustn’t let my blogposts ramble, so I’ll let you know how my weekend in London went in another blogpost tomorrow – there’s lots to tell.
But today I just want to remind you all that I’ve got a recital this Sunday with the lovely Ruth Kerr. It’s at St Michael’s Church, on the High Street in Lewes, this Sunday at 3pm.
It’s a sort of tour of the places you might have liked to go on holiday this Summer if only things had been different. We start in England with 5 Elizabethan lyrics set by Roger Quilter – so that’s the ‘staycation’ bit. They’re gorgeous by the way.
Then we take the ferry to France in the time of Debussy. Night of the stars and Beau soir (Beautiful evening). We stay in France (sort of) with 3 songs by a much underrated female composer (why is that no surprise) Pauline Viardot. Born in France but of Spanish parentage, she became fluent in three languages and was best known as a Mezzo Soprano. These three songs are very evocative. Here’s the Serenade Florentine. Ruth and I take it more gently and slightly slower.
The last set of songs are by Reynaldo Hahn, a Venezuelan composer who lived mostly in France, but here he is setting Italian songs in a set titled Venezia, and Ruth sings them in a very evocative, almost sensual style.
And of course, Ruth and I will be playing Piano Duets by Dvorak and Moszkowski between these sets.
Entry is FREE but there’s a retiring collection to cover costs and towards St Michael’s church upkeep. Ruth and I would love to see lots of you there.