PLG Young Artist Recital

Monday 17 September 2018
1.00pm
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Trafalgar Square, London

Performing with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Copland Why do they shut me out of heaven?
Argento From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
Barber Nocturne
Lieberson Rilke Songs
Crumb Let it be forgotten

Free entry, sponsored by Park Lane Group

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Debut Treehouse - Fundraiser for Arts 4 Dementia

Sunday 30 September 2018
6.00pm
Shoreditch Treehouse
34 Charlotte Road, London

Performing with mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher

Lana Bode and Vivien Conacher join two other ensembles in the exciting Shoreditch Treehouse for a night full of music, food and drinks, and plenty of opportunity for the audience to interact with the performers.

Tickets: £25.00

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Listen Again: After Dark

Friday 12 October 2018
7.00pm
The Red House, Aldeburgh

Performing with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons

Lana Bode and Marta Fontanals-Simmons return to Aldeburgh for the second of their Listen Again series. Marta and Lana will continue their exploration of song recital content and structure, focusing on universal human experiences such as loneliness, romance and our relationship to sleep and dreams. There will be an interval during this concert.

Tickets: £12.50

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Aivale Cole & Friends

Saturday 13 October 2018
6.00pm
RHACC, Parkshot Road
Richmond TW9 2RE

Performing with soprano Aivale Cole, mezzo-soprano Miriam Sharrad and baritone Benson Wilson.

Come and enjoy a night of Opera and Classical favourites. Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, Delibes, Duparc and more.

Tickets: £25 - Adults / £10 - Children / £15 - Students with ID
For tickets and more information, email info@availecole.com


Bloomsbury Festival | Songhaven: Dementia-Friendly Concert

Saturday 20 October 2018
3.30pm
Lumen Church
Tavistock Place, London

Performing with soprano Jenny Stafford and tenor Ross Scanlon

A dementia-friendly concert, including hits from opera and musical theatre, alongside art songs and solo piano music.

Tickets: £8.00

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Listen Again: Winter Words

Thursday 22 November 2018
5.00pm
The Red House, Aldeburgh

Performing with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons

The final recital in the Listen Again series marks the occasion of Britten’s 105th birthday. Using Britten's Winter Words as a template in the first half, the performers will mirror its theme and structure through a re-imagined performance of Aaron Copland's 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson in the second half.

Tickets: £12.50

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PLG Young Artist Recital

Friday 14 December 2018
1.10pm
St James's Church
Piccadilly, London

Performing with soprano Natalie Johnson-Hyde

Jeremy Thurlow A London Street in Winter
Cornelius Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8
Dohnanyi Pastorale on the Hungarian Christmas Song "The Angel is from heaven"
Wolf Die ihr schwebet
Hindemith Pastores Loquebantur, Angelus Domini Apparuit
Dohnanyi Morgengrauen, Op. 13 No. 9

Free entry with retiring collection, sponsored by Park Lane Group

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RECENT EVENTS

Pacifism and Pierrot: Debussy in Bloomsbury

Friday 22 June 2018
6.00pm
Colyer-Fergusson Hall
Canterbury

Performing with soprano Suzanne Fischer

Claude Debussy
From Quatre chansons de jeunesse
Pantomime
Clair de lune
Pierrot

Germaine Tailleferre
Tres vite (1920)
Pastorale in D Major (from L'album des Six)
Au pavillon d'Alsace (from À l'exposition)
Six Chansons Francaises

Nadia Boulanger
Vers la vie nouvelle

Francis Poulenc
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Interval

Claude Debussy
La boîte à joujoux

This concert springs from the recent discovery that Debussy’s children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (‘The Toy Box’) was premiered by the Omega Workshops in 1915. The performance was part of a series of pacifist concerts fundraising for Belgian refugees who made up the orchestra; the ‘dancers’ were cardboard marionettes, designed and operated by Workshop members.

This concert of French song and piano music explores themes of pacifism, feminism and equality through music associated with the Omega Workshops and with Virginia Woolf. Rarely performed music by Germaine Tailleferre and Nadia Boulanger complements familiar favourites by Debussy and Poulenc. The programme culminates in La boîte à joujoux, accompanied in this performance by newly-commissioned graphics, based on the original Andre Helle illustrations.

A free drinks reception takes place in the interval.

The concert is preceded by a panel of talks introducing these works and music’s role in early twentieth-century pacifism (late afternoon, Woolf Lecture Theatre, University of Kent; free, all welcome). Speakers: Prof Christine Froula (Northwestern), Dr Charlotte de Mille (Courtauld Institute), Dr Emma Sutton (St Andrews).

Presented by Virginia Woolf & Music

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Aldeburgh Festival | Arias and Barcarolles

Tuesday 19 June 2018
3.00pm
Snape Maltings

Performing with mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Christopher Glynn.

Britten Cabaret Songs
John Musto Shadow of the Blues
Michele Brourman Aurora; Love and Take Out
Randy Newman When She Loved Me
Brourman Voter’s Prayer; Old Love
Bernstein Arias and Barcarolles

Songs of love: fresh and faded, thwarted and jaded. Bernstein’s allusions to family and friends make Arias and Barcarolles a deeply personal song cycle from this man of the theatre. Britten approached popular song from a different place but his cabaret numbers are far from stiff little parodies; heard afresh, they are sweetly ardent musical love letters, giddy with excitement and angst. Lucy Schaufer, as at home in musical theatre as on the opera stage, completes this song-circle with a set from contemporary singer-songwriters.

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Britten & Song at Twilight

Wednesday 13 June 2018
The Red House
Aldeburgh

Performing with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons

An evening encounter with some of Britten’s vast and varied song repertoire. Wander through the gardens and domestic spaces, discovering moments of song in recorded sound and in live performance. Visitors will experience an unconventional, unique ‘recital’ which takes place across the whole site.

Tickets: £10

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Songhaven: Younger than Springtime

Saturday 26 May 2018
Lumen Church, Tavistock Place
London

Performing with soprano Jenny Stafford and tenor Ross Scanlon

A dementia-friendly concert, including hits from opera and musical theatre, alongside art songs and solo piano music.

Free entry; booking required.

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Voiceworks with Jane Manning

Thursday 10 May 2018
6.00pm and 7.30pm
Silk Street Music Hall
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Soprano Jane Manning directs two evening programmes of 20th and 21st century song performed by undergraduate and postgraduate singers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Admission free.

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Listen Again 1: Who Are These Listeners?

14-16 March 2018
The Red House
Aldeburgh

Residency, workshop and performance with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons

For their first of three recitals in the series, mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode will present a bespoke programme resulting from their in-house collaborative workshop with audience members earlier in the week. Repertoire will be selected from a wide range of periods, languages and composers including works by Britten, Schubert, Duparc, Dvorák and Turina. The audience is invited to stay for a post-concert discussion and drinks reception.

Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode will be working at The Red House throughout 2018 to analyse various techniques of programming and performance practice, in order to understand which approaches are most effective in engaging an audience. They begin their residency with a workshop, in which the audience is encouraged to investigate what constitutes a conventional vocal recital, explore these conventions in practical ways with the artists, and finally help create a bespoke recital programme. Series sponsored by The British Council.

Workshop: Wednesday 14 March 2.00pm
Free. Please indicate when booking concert tickets whether you would like to participate in the workshop.

Concert: Friday 16 March 2018 5.00pm
Tickets: £12.50

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The Toy Box | Children's Concert and Marionette Presentation

Friday 9 February 2018
10.00am
Main Auditorium, Byre Theatre
St Andrews
SOLD OUT

Performing with Jennifer Witton

Join pianist Lana Bode and narrator Jennifer Witton (Royal Shakespeare Company) for an exhilarating performance of Debussy’s children’s ballet, La boîte à joujoux (‘The Toy Box’). Meet the inhabitants of the toy box – from the soldier to the dancer – and hear about their adventures in Debussy’s lively music. The performance is accompanied by colourful images and preceded by an introduction and demonstration by the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. Children of all ages welcome with an accompanying adult.

Presented by Virginia Woolf & Music


Pacifism and Pierrot: Debussy in Bloomsbury

Thursday 8 February 2018
8.00pm
Main Auditorium, Byre Theatre
St Andrews

Performing with soprano Jennifer Witton

Claude Debussy
From Quatre chansons de jeunesse
Pantomime
Clair de lune
Pierrot

Germaine Tailleferre
Tres vite (1920)
Pastorale in D Major (from L'album des Six)
Au pavillon d'Alsace (from À l'exposition)
Six Chansons Francaises

Nadia Boulanger
Vers la vie nouvelle

Francis Poulenc
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Interval

Claude Debussy
La boîte à joujoux

Tickets: £8 / £6

This concert of French song and piano music is a journey through the pleasures and pain of war-time life. The programme explores themes of pacifism, feminism and equality in rarely performed music by Germaine Tailleferre and Nadia Boulanger alongside familiar favourites by Debussy and Poulenc. The programme culminates in Debussy’s children’s ballet La boîte à joujoux (‘The Toy Box’), premiered by the Omega Workshops in 1915 as part of a series of pacifist concerts raising money for Belgian refugees. The ballet will be performed in the solo piano version, with narration by Jennifer Witton and images by André Hellé.

Pre-concert discussion panel chaired by Dr Emma Sutton with Dr Roy Howat, Dr Charlotte de Mille and Dr David Evans. Free but ticketed. More info

Presented by Virginia Woolf & Music

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Pacifism and Pierrot: Debussy in Bloomsbury

Tuesday 30 January 2018
1.10pm
St Clement Danes Church
Strand, London

Performing with soprano Jennifer Witton

This concert of French song and piano music is lunchtime recital preview of the Virginia Woolf & Music concert scheduled for 8 February (see below). Works by Debussy, Tailleferre, Nadia Boulanger and Poulenc.

Free entry with retiring collection.