This was a very special weekend featuring one of our local talents Nancy Cooley who will be returning to us shortly with more musical events. Details to follow.
LEWES FESTIVAL OF SONG 2016
First weekend of July
This summer the new festival which began in October returns to St. Anne’s church over a long weekend, July 1st to 3rd.
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 string quartet, and three voice and piano duos.
On Friday 1st July at 6pm, 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.
Then on Saturday 2nd at 12 noon, 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 ’
And in the evening at 7.30pm, Latvian-born baritone Pauls Putnins ( of Jonathan Miller’s La Bohème, ENO; performances for GFO and Garsington and well-known to local audiences) and Nancy Cooley present an all-Russian programme, with dark romantic 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’
On Sunday 3rd July at 3pm conductor John Hancorn and his chamber choir The Baroque Collective Singers step out of the box to sing unaccompanied masterpieces by Britten, Poulenc, Elgar, Parry and Hindemith.
And in the evening at 6pm, soprano Mary Plazas (leading roles include Butterfly at ENO and Donizetti at Buxton) and Nancy Cooley perform Canciones by Spanish composers Obradors and De Falla, Copland’s settings of luminous poems by Emily Dickinson and Britten’s song – cycle On this island.
‘golden voiced’, arrestingly expressive’, ‘remarkable’ ‘ravishing solo’
Tickets will be available from the Tourist Information Centre. More information will be on my Facebook page, and there will be a Festival Pass for all five concerts – details tba.
Nancy Cooley – Artistic Director