I started presenting and accompanying the Lied in London concerts in 2009, and they have quietly become a regular and unique part of London’s classical music scene. The idea was to present Art Song professionally, but in an informal and intimate setting, mindful of that for which much of the repertoire was written. All of the recitals to date have taken place in the beautiful home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis in South Kensington. They have attracted well-established singers as well as those starting their careers, all united by a passion for Lieder and for bringing text to life through detail and intimacy of expression. The concerts generally take place in January/February/March; details are posted here beforehand. We would love to see you there for some of the most beautiful music ever composed, and of course for some wine and cheese afterwards!
Over our first five years, we have welcomed the following singers (in chronological order):
Elizabeth Watts – soprano (Schubert Liederabend)
John McMunn – tenor (Schubert, Die Schöne Müllerin)
Kate Royal – soprano (Berg and Strauss Liederabend)
Matthew Rose – bass (Schubert, Winterreise)
Stephan Loges – bass-baritone (Schubert and Schumann Liederabend)
Sarah-Jane Brandon – soprano (Liederabend: Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben)
Adam Plachetka – bass-baritone (Songs by Dvorák, Sibelius, Ravel, Strauss and Schönberg)
Kitty Whately – mezzo soprano; Morgan Pearse – baritone; Susanna Hurrell – soprano (Goethe settings; Schubert and Wolf Liederabend), with Kevin Moore – actor
Mark Padmore (Schubert, Schwanengesang)
Louise Alder (Mélodies and Lieder by Debussy, Strauss, Liszt, Duparc, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams and Quilter)
We have also enjoyed pre-concert talks by distinguished speakers Richard Stokes, Roderick Swanston and Hilary Finch.