July 5th to 7th 2019
A Weekend of Five Concerts


Friday 5th July at 7.30pm

In Sweet Music is Such Art
Purcell, Dowland, Britten, Tippett and Gurney
with counter-tenor Erik Kallo, tenor Michael Bell
pianist Ana Manastireanu and lutenist Augustin Cornwall

Music from the sixteenth/seventeenth century fired the imaginations of many twentieth century English composers.  A group of award-winning advanced RCM students explore these connections in songs and duets, including Britten’s Abraham and Isaac, Tippett’s Ariel songs and Boyhood’s End, Gurney’s Five Elizabethan Songs and songs with lute by Dowland and Johnson.

There will be an interval with refreshments.

Erik Kallo

Michael Bell

Ana Manastireanu

Augustin Cornwall


Saturday 6th July at 1pm

Any Woman's Heart

Capturing tender, funny and telling moments from the whole span of our lives in a medley of songs and poems
with mezzo Lucy Schaufer, soprano Lucy Hall
and pianist Nancy Cooley

Grammy Award-winning mezzo Lucy Schaufer has sung at the Met, Théâtre du Châtelet, and ENO and performed contemporary works with London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. Recent performances include recitals at Wigmore Hall and Modgud in Higgins’s The Monstrous Child (world premiere ROH).


Lucy Hall sang in the award-winning 4.48 Psychosis and in The Firework Maker’s Daughter for ROH. A winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artists’ Platform, she created the role of Asia in Glyndebourne’s Jerwood Young Artists Opera, Wakening Shadow, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.


Nancy Cooley is artistic director of the festival. She is a prize-winning duo and chamber music player, and coaches singers at the RCM.

There will be refreshments after the concert.

Lucy Hall

Lucy Schaufer

Nancy Cooley


Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm

Proud Songsters
Songs about the natural world by Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Strauss and Finzi.
To include Ravel’s Histoires Naturelles and
Finzi’s Earth and air and rain.
with baritone James Newby and pianist Ian Tindale

James Newby is the winner of the 2016 Kathleen Ferrier Award  He is a BBC New Generation Artist and was awarded the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Rising Stars prize for 2017-2019 as well as winning the prestigious John Christie Award in 2017.

Ian Tindale won the accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Music Competition and the Gerald Moore Award. Ian is a Britten Pears Young Artist and a Samling Artist.

There will be an interval with refreshments.

James Newby

Ian Tindale


Sunday 7th July at 1pm

Songs my Mother Taught Me
Dvorak, Debussy, Barber and English songs

To include Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis
and Dvorak’s Zigeunerlieder
with mezzo Rebecca Leggett and pianist Ella O’Neill

Rebecca Leggett won the Coro Nuovo Young Musician of the Year in 2018. She has performed at the Cadogan Hall with the RPO, and is well known locally for her oratorio and early music performances, including with the Baroque Collective.

Ella O’Neill has been described as ‘a masterful accompanist, who has a tremendous future’. She has performed extensively across the UK, including at the Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Field’.

There will be refreshments after the concert.

Rebecca Leggett

Ella O'Neill


Sunday 7th July at 7.30pm

Blow Bugle, Blow, Set the Wild Echoes Flying
Britten: Les Illuminations and Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Holst: St Paul’s Suite
Ed Hughes: Flint
with The Corelli Ensemble, leader Maeve Jenkinson, conductor Sian Edwards, tenor William Morgan, soprano Alison Rose, and horn player Zachary Hayward

Guest conductor Sian Edwards was a pupil of the legendary Prof. Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire. She has an illustrious conducting career, has conducted many world premieres, and is Head of Conducting at the RAM.

William Morgan is an ENO Harewood Artist and an avid chamber musician. He made his solo debut at ENO in Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds at the Barbican and has performed at Snape Maltings, the Oxford Lieder Festival and for Radio 3.

Alison Rose won the 2015 Maggie Teyte Prize and a 2017 Leonard Ingrams Award.This summer she makes her Glyndebourne Festival début singing Papagena in Die Zauberflöte.

There will be an interval with refreshments.

Sian Edwards

(photo Katie Vandyck)

Alison Rose

William Morgan

Zachary Haywood

Corelli Ensemble

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