More on the Lewes Festival of Song, 2016

Soprano Mary Plazas

Soprano Mary Plazas

Lewes Festival of Song 2016 comes into bloom again from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July at St. Anne’s Church in Lewes.

There are five concerts and many different genres. Russian, American and English songs, Spanish Canciones and French chansons. Well -loved repertoire from England at the beginning of the twentieth century, and a contemporary American song-cycle. Acclaimed recitalists and highly talented younger artists. An à cappella choir, songs accompanied by strings, and three voice and piano duos.

Friday 1st July at 6pm – ‘Strings in the earth and air’
Three young singers on the brink of their careers from the Royal College of Music collaborate with the wonderful string players of Ensemble Reza in a programme of Holst, Vaughan Williams, Barber, Rebecca Clarke and Butterworth, including Dover Beach and On Wenlock Edge.

Alice Privett & Chad Vindin (picture by Robert Piwko)

Alice Privett & Chad Vindin
(picture by Robert Piwko)

Saturday 2nd July at noon – ‘Despite and still’
Accomplished duo and finalists at last year’s Kathleen Ferrier competition, soprano Alice Privett and pianist Chad Vindin ( a Fellow at the RCM), perform a richly coloured French and American programme of Messiaen, Ravel, Barber and John Harbison.

a voice of velvet and steel’, ‘exquisitely tender, silky phrasing

Saturday 2nd July at 7.30pm – ‘None but the lonely heart’
Latvian-born baritone Pauls Putnins ( of Jonathan Miller’s La Bohème, ENO; performances for GFO and Garsington and well-known to local audiences), is

Pauls Putnins (credit Hanya Chlala)

Pauls Putnins (credit Hanya Chlala)

accompanied by myself. We present an all-Russian programme, with songs by Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Rachmaninov, a set of C20th songs by Sviridov and a plunge into the depths with Mussorgsky’s extraordinary ballads ‘Songs and dances of death’.

‘beautifully mellifluous voice’ ‘dramatically compelling’ ‘distinctive – his voice shone’

Sunday 3rd July at 3pm – ‘à cappella flowers and birds’
Conductor John Hancorn and his chamber choir The Baroque Collective Singers  step out of the box to sing unaccompanied choral masterpieces by Britten, Poulenc, Hindemith, Elgar and Parry.

Sunday 3rd July at 6pm – ‘a green chill upon the heat’

Soprano Mary Plazas (leading roles include Butterfly at ENO and Donizetti at Buxton) is accompanied by myself. We warm ourselves by the Mediterranean with Canciones by Spanish composers Obradors and De Falla, and fly west and north with Copland’s settings of extraordinary poems by Emily Dickinson and Britten’s song – cycle On this island.

‘golden voiced’, arrestingly expressive’, ‘remarkable’ ‘ravishing solo’

More details will be on my Facebook page, in publicity around Lewes, and on the St. Anne’s website. Tickets will be available at Lewes Tourist Office.

It will be lovely to see you there!
Nancy Cooley
Artistic Director

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