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The House of Life: settings of Christina and Dante Rossetti by Vaughan Williams, Ireland and their contemporaries

London English Song Festival 2015

Venue: St George's Church, Hanover Square, W1S 1FX


Vaughan Williams
The house of life
Vaughan Williams
Boy Johnny
Vaughan Williams
Vaughan Williams
If I were a queen
Vaughan Williams
When I am dead, my dearest
Mother and child
Marigold – John Ireland
When I am dead, my dearest
During music
English may
The ferry
The one hope
What art thou thinking of
My heart is like a singing bird
Oh fair to see
Songs from Kookoorookoo
Songs from Kikirikee


Katie Bray
Johnny Herford
William Vann

A fascinating selection of settings of poems by the siblings Christina and Dante Rossetti. The house of life, one of Vaughan Williams’s most enduring cycles, is performed alongside Mother and child by John Ireland, his contemporary at the Royal College of Music, and a host of other wonderful songs.

Katie Bray is an award-winning mezzo-soprano and a trustee of the London English Song Festival. Johnny Herford won the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards Song Prize and the 2013 Wigmore Song Competition Duo Prize with William Vann.

This concert is generously supported by the John Ireland Trust.

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All seating unreserved.

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