98. Songs of Innocence and Experience

22 October 2021, 5:45pm - 6:45pm

Regretfully, James Gilchrist has had to withdraw from this recital. Since the advertised programme included the  world premiere of a new commission by Eric McElroy, we have decided to postpone this performance. In its place, we are delighted to welcome back New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, Winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with pianist Lucy Colquhoun. They perform some of Britten's most famous folksong arrangements and Gareth Farr's Ornithological Anecdotes, setting poems about New Zealand birds by Bill Manhire, and written for Julien in 2019. Their programme concludes with Britten's Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, which ranks among the composer's most poignant and potent works.




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


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