August Music Festival 2013 Programmes
THE AUGUST MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013
Celebrating Schubert, arguably one of the six greatest composers of all time and, in the centenary of his birth, Britten, probably the greatest British composer since Purcell.
We open the Festival with the wonderful soprano Anita Watson who will be joined by the organist Gavin Roberts for an imaginative programme featuring an arrangement for our magnificent Klais organ of the Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.
There is a special reception after the concert for the Friends of St Lawrence Jewry. Concert is free but the reception is ticketed. For ticket details, please contact Katrina, Friends' Secretary.
Israeli pianist Marc Verter, together with Ukrainian born, American raised soprano Julia Kogan and British tenor Daniel Turner present a programme combining Schubert Lieder with Britten’s exhilarating settings of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, Les Illuminations, composed in 1939.
One of the Festival’s frequent and most welcome visitors, the pianist Tessa Uys, will perform this year’s first solo piano recital. In keeping with the theme she will include Britten’s engaging set of pictures for piano composed in 1934, Holiday Diary Op 5.
The international tenor, Neil Jenkins, has created an intriguing programme of words and song depicting Haydn’s visits to London. He has presented this concert throughout Great Britain, but this will be it’s first outing in London. He will be accompanied by the pianist, Timothy Nail.
Sholto Kynoch, pianist and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, with violinist Kaija Lukas and cellist Anna Beryl, in a performance of Schubert’s great Piano Trio in E flat D929. Try not to miss this one.
Soprano, Sarah Baillie, accompanied by pianist, Chad Vindin, will present a menu of Goethe settings by Schubert, along with Britten’s delightful song cycle, A Charm of Lullabies and some rousing Walton to finish!
Mea Wade is one of Britain’s best young oboe players and, together with the gifted harpist, Olivia Jageurs, they are Orfea. Their unusual programme will include Schubert songs arranged for oboe and harp, Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe and also his Suite for Harp. They are joined by Alexander Knox, speaker.
Alasdair Macaskill, a talented young pianist from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has programmed music by Chopin, Beethoven and, in keeping with the celebrations of this year’s Festival, the fascinating and rarely heard Stevenson Peter Grimes Fantasy.
The gifted Norwegian violinist, Viktor Stenhjem, a member of the Idomeneo Quartet and recently returned from an Asian tour with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, offers a programme highlighting Britten’s very special Suite for Violin and Piano Op 6. He will be accompanied by the exciting British concert pianist Walid El-Yafi.
The talented duo mezzo-soprano Helen Brackenbury and pianist Sachika Taniyama met at the Royal Academy of Music where they discovered a mutual enjoyment in creating interesting programmes such as this lunchtime menu combining Schubert lieder and a Homage to Shakespeare in words and music.
The Alma Mater Ensemble, director Belén Barnaus, will present a kaleidoscope of song with works by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Michael Head. The programme will include Schubert’s setting of Psalm 23 and his portentous lament Coronach.
The Orsino Quartet – oboe Elsie Woollard, violin Javier Montańana Gonzalez, viola Mark Gibbs and cello, Hannah Lewis – will present a programme including the rarely heard Phantasy Quartet of Britten as well as the captivating Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major K370. This concert is dedicated to the memory of the violinist, Hugh Maguire, August 1926 - June 2013.
A Concert for Merrilyn (Nov 8th 1956 – Aug 19th 2008)
For one of our Sponsors' Concert we are fortunate to have the extraordinary countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, a Korean from Chicago, accompanied by Sachika Taniyama in her second Festival appearance this year with a programme which includes Britten’s whimsical Tit for Tat. Appropriate applause may treat us to a rather special encore from Kim’s homeland!
Pianist Edward Liddall, another exceptional talent from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has prepared a programme which combines Schubert’s Four Impromptus D935 with Haydn’s Sonata in A.
Song in the City’s pianist Catherine Norton is joined by the English soprano, Holly Marie Bingham and the Portuguese tenor, Eduard Mas Bacardit for a programme which cleverly entwines a Britten song cycle with some of Schubert’s finest Lieder.
Diccon Cooper (double bass), Anbjorg Bergheim (vocals) and Tom Millar (piano) are Aurum Nactum, an exciting group of young musicians with ‘out of the box’ programming: folk song, Handel, Purcell, Britten, subtle re-harmonisation and improvisation.
The Silk Street String Quartet, formed this season at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, bring a programme which includes Britten’s intriguing String Quartet in F major – a work which he composed in 1928.
For the last of the Festival’s four piano recitals we return to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the exciting young pianist Hannah Watson whose programme of Bartok and Schubert will highlight the latter’s Piano Sonata in G major ("Fantasy") D 894.
Percussionists George Barton and Craig Apps present an unusual concert which will include Britten’s Timpani Piece for Jimmy, composed for the celebrated percussionist James Blades, a friend and regular collaborator during those early, exciting years of the Aldeburgh Festival.
Njabulo Thabiso Madlala, the exuberant South African baritone, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize, and the pianist, William Vann, director of the London English Song Festival, will present a programme of Britten songs, Schubert Lieder and music from Njabulo’s homeland – he may even dance! William may pass on this…
Arguably, the best is left to last! For our final concert the EKA Quartet – Jonathan Chan, Henry Tong, Luba Tunicliffe , Sergio Serra – are joined by cellist Peteris Sokolovskis to perform one of the most famous of Schubert’s chamber works, the String Quintet in C D956. Just sit back, enjoy the genius of this great man and you might wish the Festival could begin all over again.