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06. Sarah Connolly & Julius Drake: Summer Nights

08 October 2021, 20:15 - 21:30

All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 8.15pm performance is a repeat performance of Event 04. This performance will be in-person and livestreamed.

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.



This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time 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.


(Online bookings only)

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

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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.


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.


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): At the back of the church with a reduced view of the stage..

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


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
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Julius Drake

Julius Drake


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
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Charles Cunliffe

Charles Cunliffe


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 a RAM outstanding student, and was awarded the Silver Medal by the Company of Musicians, of which he has now become a Young Artist. Charles began singing as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral, becoming a choral scholar in 2014. Soon after, he was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study as an undergraduate. Charles has a strong affinity for song, and in the summer of 20... Read Full Biography
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Gus Tredwell

Gus Tredwell


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

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