Music at Leighton House
A wonderful exploration of poetry and song about London– from its grimiest corners to its most stunning vistas, from tramps and murdering barbers to the grand ceremonies of St Paul's Cathedral. Songs dating from the baroque to contemporary eras are interspersed with John Ireland's magnificent London Pieces for solo piano.
The recital will include songs and music by Purcell, Finzi, Butterworth, Dring, Head, Holst, Ives, Ireland, Shaw, Sondheim,William Walton and Ronald Corp.
Karaviotis scholar, Katie Bray, graduated from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the 2012 Principal's Prize. Taught by Elizabeth Ritchie and Iain Ledingham, she won First Prize in the Academy's prestigious Richard Lewis Singing Competition in 2011. In 2012, Katie made her solo débuts with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and English Touring Opera, and in 2013, she joins Opera North as Nancy in a new production of Albert Herring.
Winner of the first prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2013,
Gareth Brynmor John held a choral scholarship at St John's
William Vann is fast establishing a reputation as one of the finest
British accompanists of his generation. He was a chorister at King's
College, Cambridge and a music scholar at Bedford School before
reading law and taking up a choral scholarship at Gonville and Caius
College, Cambridge, where he was taught the piano by Peter Uppard.
He then studied as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music with
Malcolm Martineau and Colin Stone, graduating with distinction.
The Society is supported financially and actively by Mountgrange Heritage