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Benjamin Britten - Song cycles

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On This Island Bonnie Callaghan - Soprano

On This Island was Britten’s first published group of songs with piano. It sets five poems by Auden from the collection Look, Stranger! which had been published in 1936 and which included two poems dedicated to Britten.

Bonnie Callaghan, Soprano, already, at only 22 years of age, has a wide experience of performing both internationally, (Cis in Albert Herring for Opera Di Firenze’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino ) and at home in UK in a wide variety of styles and periods. After studying Trumpet and Voice at Junior Guildhall, she was named Bromley Young Musician of the year 2015, and gained a scholarship to Goldsmith’s College, where she returns this autumn for a Masters degree in performance, studying with Ashley Stafford.

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo James Black - Tenor

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo was completed in October 1940 during Britten and Pears' three-year stay in America, though the first performance was not given until September 1942 at the Wigmore Hall in London. It was the first work that Britten composed exclusively for Pears and it is significant that all seven poems deal with various aspects of love.

James Black, tenor, began singing as a treble in Brisbane Cathedral, developed into a counter-tenor and was appointed a lay-clerk at King’s College, Cambridge, before his voice matured into a fine tenor and he studied and then graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, following which he completed a Master’s degree in music at Magdalen College, Oxford where he also sang as a lay-clerk.

He is currently studying privately with the renowned counter-tenor and singing teacher Ashley Stafford.

Phaedra (cantata) Laura Lamph - Mezzo Soprano

This powerful cantata belongs to a remarkable group of works from Britten’s ‘late’ period. During a heart operation in 1973 Britten suffered a small stroke resulting in weakness to his right side – he could no longer play the piano as well as before, and his handwriting noticeably deteriorated. Despite this, and to a great part down to the care of his nurse Rita Thomson, Britten composed some of his most beautiful and powerful works between 1973 and his death three years later. Phaedra was composed in the summer of 1975 and performed at the 1976 Festival and has the atmosphere and drama of a mini-opera. It was written specifically for the mezzo-soprano Janet Baker, who gave the first performance and is in the format of a cantata: a mix of recitative (or speech-like singing) and extended vocal passages.

Mezzo-soprano Laura Lamph is from Belfast and is now based in London. Laura has performed with several UK-based ensembles including The Dunedin Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, Arcangelo, Britten Sinfonia Voices and Polyphony as well as working regularly with Danish groups Ars Nova and Theatre of Voices and Chamber Choir Ireland. Laura regularly performs as a soloist singing everything from Opera to Traditional Irish, she has appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune performing ‘Dido’s Lament,’ and on BBC Ulster.

Recent performances include the role of Irene in Handel’s ‘Theodora’ with Sestina and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Bach’s cantata ‘Ich habe genug,’ with Delmege Quartet in London, Andriessen ‘De Statt’ with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen and a concert with Grammy Award winning ensemble Theatre of Voices in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Miles Lallemant - Piano

Miles began his musical education as a chorister at Llandaff cathedral School in Wales. After reading Classics at Cambridge and a brief spell as a teacher in charge of Latin and beagling in Yorkshire, he became Alto Lay Vicar at St Patrick's cathedral, Dublin. Next he lived on an active volcano, Mt Etna for a while and played at St George's Anglican church, Taormina. Currently he is Director of Music at St Luke's, Uxbridge Rd, in London where he runs the parish choir and his own chamber choir Aves Cantantes. As accompanist, singer and repetiteur he has worked with such groups as Opera Ireland, Opera Northern Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, Ars Nova Copenhagen and Theatre of Voices. Recent performances include a concert in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg with Theatre of Voices under the direction of Paul Hillier and playing the piano in the Ritz hotel in London. Miles is also Assistant Director of the Kensington Olympia Festival of Music and the Arts as well being one of the Lallemant Piano Quartet, a virtuosic piano ensemble made up of siblings, Miles, Oliver, Lydia and Timothy Lallemant.

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