ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL
I performed a recital with pianist James Baillieu at the English Musical Festival in beautiful Dorchester on Thames on 30th May 2016. The English Music Festival is an annual four-day event dedicated to the performances of works by British composers – from the mediaeval period to the present day. It was founded in 2006 and is organised by Em Marshall-Luck. We performed songs by Elgar, Quilter, Bridge and a special commission for the festival – a reconstruction by John Mitchell of Peter Warlock’s ‘An Old Song.’
Our concert was performed in Dorchester Abbey (The Abbey Church of St. Peter and Paul) which is situated in the charming village of Dorchester on Thames. The Abbey is such a stunning setting to perform in – On the north wall of the chancel the window is a Tree of Jesse, combining tracery, sculpture and stained glass (all 14th Century). We were so fortunate to be able to perform in front of the Great East stained glass window which is a masterpiece of medieval and Victorian craftsmen – much of the glass is early 14th century.
The recital was introduced by a wonderful friend and supporter Andrew Neill. He is former Chair of the Elgar Society, Chairman of the Strauss Committee and treasurer of the Royal Northern College of Music’s Kennedy/Strauss award which I had the great honour of receiving during my studies at RNCM.
For more information about the English Music Festival please visit their website – https://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/welcome.html
Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize Fundraiser Concert
It was also a great honour to be invited to perform alongside baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Christopher Glynn in a concert at the Royal Overseas League in the same month. The concert raised funds for the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize which is such a important award providing essential funding for students to continue their vocal studies. Representatives and friends of Royal Northern College of Music and also Joyce Kennedy were present at the evening. We also celebrated the 70th birthday of Andrew Neil who had organised the concert.
The Royal Overseas London Clubhouse backs on to Green Park in London and is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building – It was a stunning venue for an evening of celebrations. With thanks to Andrew and a really enthusiastic audience we concluded the programme by singing a big ‘happy birthday!’
Find out more about the Kennedy Strauss Prize which takes place annually at the Royal Northern College of Music here: https://www.rncm.ac.uk/kennedy-strauss-award/