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81. Four Last Songs (first performance)

20 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 83 for information on the 8.15pm in-person and livestreamed performance.

We welcome back Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper, whose 2019 Festival performance of Messiaen’s Harawi was described in The Observer as ‘technically brilliant, verbally agile and expressive’ and was subsequently one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Classical Music Events of 2019. At the heart of their programme are the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss. Written in 1948 when the composer was 84, and never heard by Strauss who died before the premiere, they are among his great achievements and have been a staple of the repertoire ever since. Also included in the programme are an early, romantic set of songs by Schoenberg, and songs by George Crumb and Florence Price.


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.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Gweneth Ann Rand

Gweneth Ann Rand

Soprano

Gweneth Ann Rand trained at the University of Exeter, Goldsmith's College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. During her training she received the Maggie Teyte, Ian Fleming and Sybil Tutton Awards. She was a Vilar Young Artist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in 2001 represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Highlights in recent seasons include acclaimed performances of 4.48 Psychosis (The Royal Opera, Prototype Festival in New York and Opéra national du Rhin); Serena Porgy and Bess and... 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

Jessica Cale

Jessica Cale

Soprano

Welsh Soprano, Jessica Cale is the First Prize winner of the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards in addition to jointly winning the Audience Prize at the 2020 London Handel Festival Singing Competition. Jessica has a few months left of her studies with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio where she is the Robert Lancaster scholar. Jessica will mark the end of her time at the Royal College of Music by performing the title role of Rodelinda in July 2021. Jessica holds a Master of Performance with distinction from the ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

George Ireland

George Ireland

Pianist

George Ireland is studying a masters degree in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music under Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. His studies are generously supported by the Pimlott Foundation as well as the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Award, and the Hervey Benham Charitable Trust. Originally from Harwich, George began to play the piano from scratch, self taught, at the age of fourteen, achieving grade five with distinction in two years and grade eight with distinction two years later. Soon after he was giving concerts throughout Eas... 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 2 Festival Pass (In-person & Digital Concert Hall)
Online Streaming Access
Digital Festival Pass - online only
Week 2 Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Digital Festival Pass - online only
Under 35s Week 2 Digital Festival Pass - online only

This event is part of a series:

Nature's Songbook

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