St Christopher

Song Recital
Event 4
Saturday October 12th, 5.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

An enchanting assortment of song
Benjamin Britten
On This Island, op11
Henri Duparc
L’Invitation au Voyage
Claude Debussy
Romance d’Ariel
Francis Poulenc
Quatre Chansons pour Enfants
Richard Strauss
Ruhe meine Seele - Cäcilie - Morgen

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

Lucy Hall soprano  Gavin Roberts piano

Here’s a lovely way to spend the back end of a Saturday afternoon, with a delicious mixture of English, French and German song, ranging from the comic to the ravishingly beautiful – and to hear two young stars in the making.

Benjamin Britten’s superb cycle of Auden settings, On This Island, is part of the Festival’s centenary tribute (see Event 9, Event 10 and Event 12 for more Britten). 
An enchanting group of Gallic chansons features Debussy and Duparc, then a witty and charming set of Poulenc songs – life seen through children’s eyes.  Very accessible – and very French.

Three of Richard Strauss’s best-loved songs form the emotional heart of the recital.  The achingly beautiful Morgen is one of the most sublime expressions of romantic love.

Ivor Gurney’s songs should be heard more.  His dreamy evocation of Sleep is a masterpiece – a lovely tune over subtle harmonies.

Finally two living composers:

• Alison Bauld’s magical setting of the bewitched Titania’s love song to ass-headed Bottom.
• Graham Ross’s settings of two major living poets – written for these performers, who premièred them last year.

- Carol Ann Duffy, an ironic piece in cabaret style.
- Seamus Heaney, a reflection on life and memory, prompted by a Tube journey.

This duo won First Prize last year in Oxford Lieder’s Young Artist Platform.

Lucy Hall, a Guildhall graduate, is making a name for herself – not only in recital, but also as an operatic soprano with a strong set of Mozart roles.

For more information on Lucy Hall, please click here

Gavin Roberts, an accomplished accompanist and soloist, is Artistic Director of the recital series SONG in the CITY.

Gavin Robert's website can be accessed by clicking here. For information on Oxford Lieder and SONG in the CITY click on the links.