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68. Christoph Prégardien: Studies and Improvisations

18 October 2021, 20:15 - 21:30

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All evening concerts this year are performed twice, at 5.30pm and 8.15pm. This 8.15pm performance is a repeat performance of Event 66. This performance will be in-person and livestreamed.

Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder were written in 1857/8 while the composer was working on Tristan und Isolde, and two of the songs are directly labelled ‘studies’ for the opera. The texts were written by Mathilde Wesendonck, the wife of one of Wagner’s patrons, with whom it is sometimes claimed Wagner had an affair. The first edition of 1862 had no name attributed to the text, and it was not until after her death in 1902 that this was revealed. The great German tenor Christoph Prégardien and revered pianist-composer Michael Gees perform these alongside a selection of songs by Henri Duparc, who was heavily influenced by Wagner. Although Duparc lived until he was 85, he stopped composing at the age of 37, and later destroyed most of his music. Thankfully, he left 17 songs, that are considered among the finest of the French song repertoire. In between these groups, we hear one of Michael Gees’ legendary improvisations.



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.


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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.


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

Christoph Prégardien

Christoph Prégardien


”His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight.”The New York Times Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings all ensure Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Liedersinger, he kicks off the 2019/2020 season with concerts at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Oxford Lieder Festival. He then performs in the US on tour with pianist... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Michael Gees

Michael Gees


The German pianist, improviser and composer, Michael Gees, had the piano as his favourite toy when he was 3. He started piano lessons at the age of 5. In 1961, at age 8, he won the first prize at the Hamburg Steinway Competition and at the Student Competition hosted by the Salzburg Mozarteum, where he subsequently studied. He made his concert debut in his native Bielefeld in 1963. Acclaimed as the “Westphalian Mozart”, he studied with Seydlhofer and David at the Vienna Musikhochschule before pursuing his training in Detmold and H... Read Full Biography
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Katy Thomson

Katy Thomson


Scottish Soprano Katy Thomson began singing as a chorister at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, at the age of eight. She was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music (RCM) Opera Studio in September 2020, for her outstanding talent and contribution to life at the RCM. Katy was a Garsington Opera Young Artist for the 2021 season, notably stepping-in for one performance, and making her debut, as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) and winning the Garsington Opera Hel... Read Full Biography
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Ana Manastireanu

Ana Manastireanu


Ana Manastireanu is an increasingly sought-after collaborative pianist, specialising in song and chamber music. She is currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2021-22. Ana has recently won the Accompanist Prize in the 2020 AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and in the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards held at the Wigmore Hall. In 2019 she won the Accompanist Prize in the AESS Courtney Kenny Award and was selected as a Leeds Lieder Young Artist. She also won the Alasdair Graham Pianist Prize in the 2020 RCM Lied... Read Full Biography

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