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Vocalise: songs for voices and woodwind

London English Song Festival 2015

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


Vaughan Williams
Ten Blake songs
Vaughan Williams
Three vocalises
Vaughan Williams
Studies in folksongs
Vaughan Williams
The Willow Whistle
Five Bagatelles
Two nursery rhymes for voice, clarinet in A and piano
Three songs for voice and clarinet in A
Three folksongs for voice, clarinet and piano, Op. 19
William Vann
O Soldier, soldier
Ian Venables
Ionian Song (from On the Wings of Love)


Aoife Miskelly
Alessandro Fisher
Matthew Scott
James Turnbull
William Vann

The award-winning Aoife Miskelly is one of Northern Ireland’s most exciting young singers; Alessandro Fisher delivered an enthralling recital at last year’s LESF and is taking a night off performances at Glyndebourne Festival Opera to perform. James Turnbull and Matthew Scott’s fabulous woodwind playing needs no introduction.

Tonight’s recital brings them all together in performances of a fascinating selection of music for voice and woodwind by Vaughan Williams and various friends, colleagues and successors in the field of English song composition. The programme pays tribute to British composer John McCabe, who sadly passed away in February, with his Three folksongs for voice, clarinet and piano.

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm on the subject of RVW and his fellow composers by John Francis, Vice-Chairman of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society. The talk is included in the ticket price.

Part of London English Song Festival 2015

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£15; Concessions (students & children): £5
All seating unreserved.

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