The six sopranos of Philomel will be performing their Cecilia Sings concert on Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm, at St George the Martyr, Southwark. It will be a repeat of the eclectic programme performed at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden, last autumn.
From the children’s novel by Catherine Storr, a haunting opera by Andrew Lowe-Watson premiered at the Lilian Baylis theatre in 2004.
From Philomel’s recent concert at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden
Piangete occhi, Domenico Mazzocchi
Emily Peace, soprano Suzy Robinson, soprano
James Bramley, theorbo Michael Keen, harpsichord
Ahi possanza d’amor, Maddalena Casulana
Suzy Robinson, soprano, Michael Keen, recorder, James Bramley, theorbo
Folle cor, Domenico Mazzocchi
Suzy Robinson, Janet Oates, Emily Peace, sopranos
Michael Keen, harpsichord
James Bramley, theorbo
Io d’odorate, Maddalena Casulana
Sopranos Janet Oates, Emily Peace, Suzy Robinson, Felicity Hayward, Charlotte Bröker and Olivia Moss
Michael Keen, harpsichord, James Bramley, theorbo
from the plainsong Requiem
24 November 2018, the Swiss Church, Covent Garden
Join us for an evening of stunning singing, accompanied by theorbo, harpsichord and recorder. The forthcoming concert for Saint Cecilia’s day, Cecilia Sings, will continue the theme of bird mythology that was initiated in the first three concerts, melded with ideas about Saint Cecilia. Text and artwork by students from Marylebone Girls’ School will illustrate newly commissioned works on the theme of female power, passion and spirit by Janet Oates (with new text by Euan Tait), Sheena Phillips, Dominic McGonigal and Joel Jårventausta. Further repertoire includes expressive songs by Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi, virtuosic duets by Mazzocchi, and beautiful madrigals by Maddalena Casulana.
The Swiss Church in London
79 Endell St, London WC2H 9DY
020 7836 1418
The virtuosic vocal fireworks of the six sopranos of Philomel were displayed once again in a programme celebrating music from Hildegard of Bingen and Barbara Strozzi, all the way through to the present day and four specially-commissioned works on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March 2018.
With Michael Keen (harpsichord) and James Bramley (theorbo)
“More a work of art than a concert”
Ego Flos Campi, Caterina Assandra (Suzy Robinson, Emily Peace, Emily Owen, Janet Oates)
Colombella, che di latte, Domenico Mazzocchi (Suzy Robinson, Charlotte Moss, James Bramley theorbo, Michael Keen harpsichord)
The inaugural concert of Philomel, a new group of six sopranos, in an eclectic programme which included four new pieces (by Janet Oates, Dominic McGonigal, Emily Peasgood and Miriam Mackie) as well as 17th century duets, trios and solos accompanied by theorbo and harpsichord was rapturously received by a delighted audience in the Brunel Shaft on 2 November.
The nightingales hope to repeat the programme in 2018.
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