JULY 7th to 9th


Friday 7th July 2017 at 7.30pm

with James Newby, Sophie Gallagher and pianist Oliver Lallemant
Among many accolades, James won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2016 and the Richard Tauber prize for Lieder in 2015. Sophie takes a break from singing Emmie in Albert Herring in Buxton to join us: an award-winning soprano at RCM, she sang the role first for Firenze Maggio Musicale. Oliver is a classical pianist equally at home in jazz.

James Newby

Sophie Gallagher

Oliver Lallemant

Programme includes Poulenc's song-cycles Le Bestiaire and Banalités, Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, Fauré's L'Horizon Chimerique and songs by Debussy, Chausson & Duparc.
There will be an interval with refreshments.

Saturday 8th July 2017 at 1pm

Songs for a summer afternoon with Emma Stannard and pianist Keval Shah

Emma makes a return visit to our festival fresh from completing her Royal Academy opera course, where she won two major awards: she is singing Minerva in iI ritorno d’Ulisse at the Grange Festival this summer. Keval and Emma won the Audrey Strange award in the 2016 Royal Overseas League competition. Keval won all the major music prizes at Cambridge University, and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy: he has performed at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals. 

Emma Stannard

Keval Shah

Programme includes Britten's Charm of Lullabies, Finzi's Let us Garlands bring and songs by Quilter, Vaughan Williams, Bridge, Haydn Wood and Eric Coates. 

There will be an refreshments after the concert.


Saturday 8th July 2017 at 7.30pm

with Sally Matthews, Finnur Bjarnason and pianist Nancy Cooley

Sally has sung major roles at all the main opera houses, given recitals at the most prestigious concert venues and sung with the world’s most acclaimed conductors. Icelandic-born tenor Finnur has a string of major roles to his name for Komisches Opera in Berlin, the Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper in Munich, to name but a few. He has made many recordings of songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Jón Leifs. A Lewes-based husband and wife team, they are joined by pianist Nancy, artistic director of this festival: a winner of the Walther Grüner accompanist’s prize, she is an experienced song recitalist and chamber musician and coaches at the Royal College of Music.

Sally Matthews

Finnur Bjarnason

Nancy Cooley

Programme includes Grieg's Six Lieder op.48, Delius' Songs from the Norwegian and songs by Sibelius, Rautavaara, Nielsen and Leifs.

There will be an interval with refreshments.


Sunday 9th July 2017 at 1.00pm

Schubert’s heartbreaking song-cycle
With Nick Pritchard and pianist Nancy Cooley
Introductory talk by Richard Wigmore

Fresh from singing Lysander in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream for the Aldeburgh Festival and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte for Opera Holland Park,  Nick is gathering many accolades for his recitals and opera performances. He is a new Rising Star for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and was recently voted Breakthrough Artist in UK opera in the WhatsOnStage opera poll 2017. Richard is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer specialising in Romantic and Classical chamber music, and in Lieder. 

Nick Pritchard

Richard Wigmore

There will be an interval with refreshments.

Sunday 9th July 2017 at 7.30pm

Journeys from Innocence to Experience
by Mahler and Janacek ​
Selections from Janacek's 'On an overgrown path'
with Nancy Cooley
Mahler’s 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'
with Marcia Bellamy and pianist Yoko Ono
Janacek’s ‘Diary of one who vanished’
with Paul Austin Kelly, Marcia Bellamy and pianist Carol Kelly 
Directed by Susannah Waters
with Lucinda Houghton, Ruth Kerr and Sidonie Winter

Since her debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin Marcia has sung in opera, oratoria and music theatre in the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe. Locally she sang in The Finnish Prisoner by Orlando Gough, directed by Susannah. Yoko is much in demand across the world as a solo pianist and chamber musician, and teaches at the Royal College of Music. Paul has sung leading tenor roles in opera houses including La Scala, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne. On the concert stage, his repertoire ranges from Britten to Berg. Based in Lewes, he and his wife Carol gave a recital for the Nicholas Yonge Society last year. Carol is a frequent recitalist and repetiteur with a prestigious background leading training programmes here and abroad. Susannah’s recent work includes Imago for Glyndebourne Opera, and Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side and Being Both for the Brighton Festival: the latter was also performed at the 2016 proms. 

Marcia Bellamy

Carol Kelly

Paul Austin Kelly

Yoko Ono

Susannah Waters

Lucinda Houghton

Ruth Kerr

Sidonie Winter

There will be an interval with refreshments.

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