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04. Summer Nights (first performance)

08 October 2021, 17:30 - 18:45



All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 5.30pm performance will be in-person only. Please see Event 06 for information on the 8.15pm in-person and livestreamed performance.


Star of The Last Night of the Proms and the world’s great stages, Dame Sarah Connolly’s Festival appearances are always eagerly anticipated. With the celebrated pianist Julius Drake, she sings Hector Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été (‘Summer nights’), a cycle of six songs that are one of the masterpieces of this firebrand composer. Also featured are songs by Ivor Gurney’s contemporaries Herbert Howells and John Ireland.

Emerging Artists Charles Cunliffe and Gus Tredwell open the evening with George Butterworth’s famous settings of A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, which resonate strongly with our earlier focus on Ivor Gurney.


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

This event is available as an in-person and livestreamed event. The livestreamed performance will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at 8.15pm and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in-person and at home? ‘Hybrid’ tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert. For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The performance duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and there will be no interval.


TICKETS AND PASSES

(Online bookings only)

Book five or more concerts at the same time: 5% discount

Book ten or more concerts at the same time: 10% discount

Book fifteen or more concerts at the same time: 15% discount

For even further discounts click here for more information on our Festival Passes.

Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.


SEATING AREAS EXPLAINED

Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to keep audiences safe, our venues this year will be socially distanced, and our main seating areas have a reduced capacity. We have added two additional seating areas with a limited view of the stage, to allow you to experience our live concerts at a reduced price.

Seating area A (£35): Centre aisle seats, with a clear view of the stage.

Seating area B (£22): Side aisle and back section seats. Some seats may have a reduced view of the stage.

Seating area C (£13): These seats are behind the stage and have no direct view of the performance, however the view from the stage will be live-streamed onto high quality large video screens, visible from all Seating Area C seats.

Seating area D (£5): Side chapel or back corner. Please note these seats have no view of the stage.


Artist Portrait

Dame Sarah Connolly

Dame Sarah Connolly

Mezzo-soprano

Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours. In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award. Highlights in her 2018/19 season include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Covent Ga... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Julius Drake

Julius Drake

Pianist

Julius Drake, described by The New Yorker magazine as the ‘collaborative pianist nonpareil’ lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists, both in recital and on disc. He appears regularly at all the major music centres and festivals: the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich, Schubertiade, and Salzburg Music Festivals; Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington; The Royal Conc... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Charles Cunliffe

Charles Cunliffe

Bass-baritone

Charles Cunliffe is a bass-baritone studying with Giles Underwood and Joseph Middleton at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2019, he was put forward as the Royal Academy of Music outstanding student and was awarded the Silver Medal by the Company of Musicians, of which he has now become a Yeoman Young Artist. Charles began singing as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral under Andrew Reid, singing solos on television recordings for BBC One, as well as on broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. As a choral scholar at Peterborough, Charles gained a deeper un... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Gus Tredwell

Gus Tredwell

Pianist

Gus Tredwell is a British pianist who lives and works in London. He recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he specialised in vocal accompaniment and chamber music under the tuition of James Baillieu and Malcolm Martineau. Notable achievements at the Academy include representing the RAM Song Circle at Wigmore Hall, winning the pianist’s award in the Rex Stephens Schumann Lieder competition, and winning the pianist’s award in the RAM Club Prize, which was open to all invited soloists and ensembles. He is al... Read Full Biography

Tickets

Seating Area A
In-person & Streaming (Digital Concert Hall)
In-person only
Seating Area B
In-person & Streaming (Digital Concert Hall)
In-person only
Seating Area C (live video view)
In-person & Streaming (Digital Concert Hall)
In-person only
Seating Area D (No Sightlines)
In-person only

Festival Passes

Seating Area A
Full Festival Pass (In-person & Digital Concert Hall)
Week 1 Festival Pass (In-person & Digital Concert Hall)
Online Streaming Access
Digital Festival Pass - online only
Week 1 Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Week 1 Digital Festival Pass - online only

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