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SongEasel bringings tune celebrations to South East London together with Gabriel Fauré’s centenary

SongEasel bringings tune celebrations to South East London together with Gabriel Fauré’s centenary


SongEasel - A Vast Obscurity

From April to June 2024, Jocelyn Freeman’s SongEasel is celebrating an entire clutch of anniversaries in a collection of concert events throughout South East London that includes performers together with Roderick Williams, Mark Padmore and Elin Manahan Thomas. Spreading her internet extensively, a delighting in discovering that the phrase ‘obscurity’ can imply a collective noun for a gaggle of poets, pianist Jocelyn Freeman’s collection A Huge Obscurity brings collectively the 460th anniversary of Shakespeare’s delivery, the bicentenary of Lord Byron’s demise and sixty fifth birthday of Dr. Joseph Spence, plus Gabriel Fauré’s centenary.

Issues begin on 11 April at St. George the Martyr, Borough with baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Iain Burnside and double bass participant Leon Bosch in The Land of Misplaced Content material with music by Butterworth, Burleigh, Clarke, Seashore, and McLachlan. 

Gabriel Fauré’s centenary is well known with a pair of concert events, the 1893 model of the Requiem with Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Malachy Body (baritone) and The Corbett Consort at St Mark’s Church, Kennington on 11 Might, then Gwilym Bowen (tenor), Jared Andrew Michaud (bass-baritone), Lucy Gibbs (mezzo-soprano) and SongEasel Younger Artists might be performing the composer’s full songs throughout a whole afternoon on 12 Might at St Laurence’s Church, Catford. 

Then on 31 Might at St. Catherine‘s Church, Telegraph Hill, soprano Ella Taylor and pianist Jocelyn Freeman chart the course of Lord Byron’s poem Don Juan in music together with the primary efficiency of a brand new fee from Emily Hazrati setting texts by Dr Joseph Spence (Grasp of Dulwich School and librettist of Dani Howard’s opera, The Yellow Wallpaper).

Soprano Francesca Chiejina joins Jocelyn Freeman at St Laurence’s Church, Catford on 16 June for a live performance celebrating Shakespeare with music by from the Baroque to the current day together with Arne, McDowall, Samuel, Ruiz, and Finzi’s Allow us to garlands deliver

Lastly, Mark Padmore and Jocelyn Freeman shut the pageant with The Wanderer and the Scholar on 21 June at St Stephen’s Church, Dulwich by returning to 2 figures related to Lord Byron, his Dulwich classmates, the celebrated pedestrian Captain Robert Barclay and Main-Normal John Gaspard Le Marchant, with music by Beethoven, Schubert, C. Schumann, Vaughan Williams, and Macmillan. Audiences can revel in the summertime solstice with a day journey to Dulwich, having fun with a guided, historic stroll round Dulwich Wooden earlier than settling in for this night of beautiful tune.

There are much less formal occasions too. A  particular Fauré Listening Membership occasion on 21 April, curated and launched by Dr. Emily Kilpatrick, will rejoice among the composer’s best-loved works in a casual setting, free and welcome to all. There are additionally colleges performances, and two fringe pop-up performances bringing cabaret, artwork tune, chanson, and music corridor favourites into the local people, free for all to get pleasure from.

Full particulars from the SongEasel web site.



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