42. Brief Encounter

14 October 2021, 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Tonight’s Song Futures recital features the first of a number of works heard this year by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Her One Life Stand, performed tonight by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, was written in 2011 as a companion piece to Schumann’s Frauenliebe (see Event 39). It sets texts by Sophie Hannah that ‘portray a modern woman’s loves and life’ and has been performed many times since its composition. With pianist Natalie Burch, baritone Dominic Sedgwick makes his first Festival appearance, with songs by Finzi, Britten, Madeleine Dring and William Marsey.


An excerpt from Fleur and Natalie's performance in this year's Festival

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Fleur Barron performs Chinese art song "Hua Fei Hua" earlier this year

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The performance duration is approximately 1 hour and there will be no interval.


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08 October 2021 | 10:00am

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41. Dorothea Röschmann & Malcolm Martineau: Frauenliebe und -leben
14 October 2021, 8:15pm - 9:30pm
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44. Thomas Oliemans & Malcolm Martineau: Dichterliebe
15 October 2021, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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