Listen Again 1: Who Are These Listeners?

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 2pm
Friday 16th March 2018 at 5pm

Listen Again 1: Who Are These Listeners?

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.

Tickets: 12.50

Friday 27th April 2018 at 5pm

Bridge & Britten: Recital 1

Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

A recital of songs by Bridge and Britten with mezzo-soprano Olivia Warburton and pianist Máire Carroll. They will be joined by Josh Hayward on the viola for three of Bridge’s songs: a haunting set of three works composed in 1906-07.

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals.

Tickets: £12.50

Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

Friday 11th May 2018 at 5pm

Bridge & Britten: Recital 2

Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

Bridge had a great love of chamber music and composed brilliantly for small ensembles. This recital features his works for piano and viola and for piano trio. Plus, Britten’s Lachrymae for viola and piano, and some of his idiosyncratic piano trios composed when he was at school. With Josh Hayward (viola).

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals.

Tickets: £12.50

Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

Image: Britten with the Bridges in Paris, January 1937. Photographer: unknown.

Friday 25th May 2018 at 5pm

Bridge & Britten: Recital 3

Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

In the final recital of this series we hear Bridge’s magnificent piano quintet composed in 1904-05, then heavily revised some years later. This wonderfully romantic piece is paired with Britten’s first mature string quartet, a striking work of contrasting moods, which he composed while living in America in 1941. It is dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, a great friend and patron of Bridge’s, and premiered 8 months after Bridge’s tragically early death in January 1941.

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals.

Tickets: £12.50

Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

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