Song at Wolfson: James Atkinson & Sholto Kynoch (first performance)
11 November 2021, 18:00 - 19:00
Our Song at Wolfson series, in collaboration with Fairlight Hall and Rye Creative Centre, resumes with the outstanding young baritone James Atkinson. At the Spring Weekend in February 2021, The Times wrote of James: ‘This young man is still in his final year at the Royal College of Music, but so confident was his stage manner and command of Schubert’s music… that he proclaimed himself a natural lieder singer and linguist, savouring the words almost as idiomatically as a native German speaker, his lovely lyric baritone responding to the words with invigorating warmth. As a recitalist he’s clearly a name to watch.’
He and Artistic Director Sholto Kynoch begin their programme with one of Schumann's most popular song cycles (Liederkreis). In many ways, it's the epitome of the Romantic song cycle, full of love, longing and nature. They follow that with three settings of Shakespeare by the composer - and actor - Madeleine Dring. These wonderful songs are by turns exciting and poignant, with a film-score feel as one might expect for a composer who also wrote for stage and screen. Their programme concludes with Maurice Ravel's Histoires Naturelles ('Natural Histories'), five and colourful and joyously irreverent songs that deliver a brilliant commentary on familiar personalities, via the strutting peacock, the vain swan and the belligerent guinea fowl.
Tickets for this concert will be released shortly.
This concert is being performed live twice this evening, once at 6pm and again at 8pm. Details relating to COVID-19 and social distancing measures will be confirmed in due course.
Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Madeleine Dring (1923 - 1977)
Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
BaritoneBritish baritone James Atkinson studies at the Royal College of Music Opera Studio with Alison Wells. He is a Fishmongers’ Company Scholar and is kindly supported by a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With the RCM Opera Studio, James has sung the roles of Buonafede (Il mondo della luna), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Le Gendarme (Les mamelles de Tirésias) and Blazes (The Lighthouse) and was to perform Ramiro (L’heure espagnole) in March 2020. Other roles include Lysander (The Enchanted Isla... Read Full Biography
PianistSholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in Lo... Read Full Biography
This event is part of a series:
Our 2021 season includes the following events - 27 & 28 February - Winter into Spring This event will be livestreamed only. 18 May - A Schubertiade: The Seasons in Song 1 (6pm) This event will be in-person only with social distancing according to government guidelines. 18 May - A Schubertiade: The Seasons in Song 2 (8pm) This event will be i...