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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From the children’s novel by Catherine Storr, a haunting opera setting by Andrew Lowe-Watson premiered at the Lilian Baylis theatre. Suzy Robinson in the title role, conducted by Leo Hussain.
Listen to an extract: https://youtu.be/UvjFK0TqN-g
Après un rêve (Op. 7, No. 1), Gabriel Fauré
Sure on this shining night, Samuel Barber
O Waly Waly, Benjamin Britten
Ave Maria (extract), Bach-Gounod
Domine Deus, Antonio Vivaldi (live recording from Santa Maria in Aquiro, Rome)
Pie Jesu, Gabriel Fauré