London Flower of cities

Music at Leighton House
Tuesday 11 March 2014

LONDON: FLOWER OF CITIES
KATIE BRAY mezzo-soprano
GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN baritone
WILLIAM VANN piano

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.

Concert 11 March 2014

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
College, Cambridge before taking a place at the Royal Academy of Music.There he won the RAM Patrons'Award and the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal. Operatic roles include Eugene Onegin and Ferryman (Curlew River) with Royal Academy Opera.

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.
He has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore award, the Royal Overseas League Accompanists'Award, the Great Elm Awards Accompanist Prize, the Serena Nevill Prize and the Sir Henry Richardson Scholarship.

The Society is supported financially and actively by Mountgrange Heritage
KCMS is grateful for the practical support of the RBK&C's Arts Service
Registered Charity Number: 291038

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