Previous evening Concerts 

 
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Wednesday, March 21st. 7pm.

St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DH

Songs of Our Nature

Featuring former and future members of the Royal Opera House’s prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, this recital will showcase the highest level of song singing.

Ailish Tynan (soprano)
Lauren Fagan (soprano)
Michael Mofidian (bass-baritone)
James Baillieu (piano)
Jâms Coleman (piano)

 

Tickets can be found here - link
Adults: £15
Students / 16-25: £5
Children (15 and under): Free
 

Programme:

Strauss: Four Last Songs

Songs by Sibelius, Fauré, Quilter, Barber, Weir, Brahms, and Strauss

 

In Strauss’s Four Last Songs, the texts of Eichendorff and Hesse convey a human perception of earth’s seasons as they move from new life and joy in spring to loss and deep rest in winter. Reflections on nature’s cycle lead to a gradual understanding and acceptance of the passing of time and how this is at the core of all human experience. Taking this reflective journey as its inspiration, this programme explores how poets and composers have drawn wisdom from the nature that surrounds them.

 

About the artists:

Since winning the Rosenblatt Recital Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in 2003, Ailish Tynan, has become internationally renowned and is much in demand as a recitalist.

Described as using “words and a palette of vocal colours to thrilling effect” and having a voice of “amazing potential” (Classical Source), Lauren Fagan is equally at home on the opera and recital stage.

Described by the Daily Telegraph as being “in a class of his own”,James Baillieu is internationally renowned as a collaborative pianist and frequently performs at the world’s most prestigious venues to great critical acclaim.

Michael Mofidian is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist and recently made his recital débuts at the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square.

Jâms Coleman enjoys a varied career as a collaborative pianist and has performed with singers including James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy.


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Friday, March 23rd. 7pm.

St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DH

Behn Quartet

 

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Interval

Jack Body:Three Transcriptions for String Quartet

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73

 

Tickets can be found here - link
Adults: £15
Students / 16-25: £5
Children (15 and under): Free

 

Winners of the First Prize at the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition 2017, the Behn Quartet perform a programme launching their international tour. Alongside Debussy and Shostakovich they perform Jack Body’s Three Transcriptions for String Quartet which juxtaposes music played by a Chinese jaw’s harp, a Madagascan zither and the music of a Bulgarian village band.

The Behn Quartet take their name from Aphra Behn, the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist, and philanthropist of the arts. Since their formation in 2015 the Behn Quartet have given recitals across the United Kingdom and abroad, including at Wigmore Hall, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Leeds International Chamber Music Festival, and the Southbank Centre. They were honoured to premiere Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ final work at his Memorial Concert in St John’s Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3, and have recorded chamber works by Maxwell Davies, Stravinsky and Birtwistle for Linn Records.

www.behnquartet.com


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Wednesday, March 28th. 7pm.

St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DH

Nicholas Mogg (baritone) and Jâms Coleman (piano) perform Schubert's Schwanengesang

 

Britten: a selection of folk songs

Bernstein: La bonne cuisine

Songs by Schumann, Vaughan-Williams and Duparc

Interval

Schubert: Schwanengesang

 

Tickets can be found here - link
Adults: £15
Students / 16-25: £5
Children (15 and under): Free

 

This established duo partnership perform Schubert's great cycleSchwanengesang alongside alongside some of Britten's beautiful settings of folk songs and Bernstein's 'Fine French Cooking' which wittily presents four recipes in song.

 

Nicholas Mogg (baritone)

Winner of the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Singers Section, Nicholas Mogg studies on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. He is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Drake Calleja Scholar, a soloist for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series, and a member of the Academy’s prestigious Song Circle. Nicholas won the 2017 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, and in 2015 won the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, and the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. He previously read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar.

Nicholas has appeared as a soloist at the Barbican Hall, Concertgebouw, Palau de la Música Catalana, Bozar Brussels, KKL Luzern, and Philharmonie de Paris with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, and Sir Roger Norrington. He has established a successful duo partnership with pianist, Jâms Coleman, and together they have performed recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Two Moors Festival, Roman River Festival, and the Ryedale Festival. Engagements in 2017/18 include the title role in Don Giovanniand Steward in Flight for Royal Academy Opera, Handel Messiahfor Edward Higginbottom in Spain, Schubert Schwanengesang at the Two Moors Festival with Jâms Coleman, and a return to the Oxford Lieder Festival for Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem.

www.nicholasmogg.com

 

Jâms Coleman

Born in Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.

Recent highlights include performing chamber music by Colin Matthews for the BBC Proms live on Radio 3, appearing on Radio 3’s In Tune and on BBC2’s Proms Extra with cellist Jamal Aliyev, a violin and piano performance with Luke Hsu at IMS Prussia Cove, song recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals and with tenors Robert Murray (in Prague) and Andrew Kennedy, solo recitals in France and solo appearances live on S4C and BBC Radio Cymru.

As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with such established artists as James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy and Andrew Kennedy. Jâms enjoyed returning to the Two Moors Festival in October where he performed the three great Schubert song cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin with Nicholas Pritchard, Winterreise with baritone Henry Neill and Schwanengesang with Nicholas Mogg. Future chamber music includes recitals with cellists Jamal Aliyev and Laura van der Heijden, violist Timothy Ridout, violinist Luke Hsu, and others and recording a disc of French repertoire with Luke Hsu. Jâms is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Samling Artist.

Jâms has appeared as a concerto soloist, performing repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart. He also has experience of working as a Musical Director and repetiteur and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Tchaikofsky’s Eugene Onegin across Wales.

Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Professor Christopher Elton and Michael Dussek. He stayed on at the Academy as a Fellow and he enjoyed coaching and encouraging collaboration between pianists and the Vocal and Conducting departments.

www.jamscoleman.com