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42. Brief Encounter

14 October 2021, 22:00 - 23:00

Enjoy the whole festival live online for £165 with a Digital Festival Pass. All events will be available on demand after broadcast until 30th November, so you can catch up at a time which suits you.

Tonight’s Song Futures recital features the first of a number of works heard this year by our Associate Composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. Her One Life Stand, performed tonight by mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron, was written in 2011 as a companion piece to Schumann’s Frauenliebe (see Event 39). It sets texts by Sophie Hannah that ‘portray a modern woman’s loves and life’ and has been performed many times since its composition. With pianist Natalie Burch, baritone Dominic Sedgwick makes his first Festival appearance, with songs by Finzi, Britten, Madeleine Dring and William Marsey.


An excerpt from Fleur and Natalie's performance in this year's Festival

Fleur Barron performs Chinese art song "Hua Fei Hua" earlier this year


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 and there will be no interval.


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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.

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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

Artist Portrait

Fleur Barron

Fleur Barron


Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe, British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the recipient of the 2016 Jackson Prize for Excellence from the Tanglewood Music Festival, awarded to one outstanding young singer each year, and is mentored by Barbara Hannigan. In the 2018-2019 season, Fleur sings Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon; Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie; Maddalena Rigoletto with Northern Ireland Opera; Balk... Read Full Biography
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Dominic Sedgwick

Dominic Sedgwick


British baritone Dominic Sedgwick is a recent graduate of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House and is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the 2019/20 and 20/21 seasons. In the 2020/21 season he returned to the Royal Opera for a livestream performance of Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel/Die Seben Todsünden, before making his company debut for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence singing Merlot in a new production of Tristan und Isolde by Simon Stone conducted by Sir S... Read Full Biography
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Natalie Burch

Natalie Burch


An alumna of Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Natalie Burch is widely in demand as a collaborative pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist. Much in demand as a song specialist she regularly collaborates with a number of award-winning artists. Recent and future projects incl... Read Full Biography

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