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Social DistanSong Day Six: Benjamin Appl & Simon Lepper

02 April 2020, 10:00 - 23:55


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Social DistanSong continues, and on this sixth day of Spring Song we would have welcomed the baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Simon Lepper. Ben and Simon have remotely recorded a wonderful Wolf song for us, and Ben also did a short interview for us with Katy Hamilton. Simon introduces and performs the last song of Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel as a piano solo, and both artists have prepared Spotify playlists of their complete programme (compare and contrast!).

Remember that you can find texts and translations of all the songs that were due to be performed today in the 'Explore' section on the main menu above, or by going to the original event listing and clicking on the Programme tab.


Ben and Simon remotely recorded Hugo Wolf's 'Fussreise' for us, introduced by Ben:


Simon introduces and performs 'Bright is the Ring of Words' as a piano solo:


Katy Hamilton has a chat with Ben about singing in English, 'wandering' and lockdown activities:


Click here for Ben's Social DistanSong Playlist on Spotify*.

*You will need to be a Spotify user to listen to this.


And click here for Simon's Social DistanSong Playlist on Spotify*.


Artist Portrait

Benjamin Appl

Benjamin Appl

Baritone

Hailed as ‘the most promising of today’s up-and-coming song recitalists’ (Financial Times), baritone Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics alike for a voice that ‘belongs to the last of the old great masters of song’ with ‘an almost infinite range of colours’ (Suddeutsche Zeitung), ‘exacting attention to text’ (New York Times), and artistry that’s described as ‘unbearably moving’ (The Times). Named Gramophone Award Young Artist of the Year in 2016, Appl wa... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper

Pianist

Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Ruben Lifschitz at the Fondation Royaumont. He is a currently professor of collaborative piano and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also in charge of the collaboarative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmor... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Katy Hamilton

Katy Hamilton

Speaker

Dr. Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3. Katy’s area of specialism is the music of Johannes Brahms and his contem... Read Full Biography

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Social DistanSong

In these strange and unsettling times, we're delighted to present our much-reduced virtual spring festival in place of Spring Song.  From 27 March to 4 April, we'll be bringing you exclusive content to enjoy from the artists and speakers who were due to take part. Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch, tells us more about what's coming up in the video below... [youtube url=http...

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