Gurney and Britten: Peter Harris & Hamish Brown
14 October 2017, 17:30 - 18:00
This event will be broadcast from Holywell Music Room
Peter Harris and Hamish Brown were joint winners of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, giving a stunning audition recital at the Spring Weekend of Song. Today they give their showcase concert, in a programme featuring Ivor Gurney’s moving 1919 settings of A.E. Housman, Ludlow and Teme, and Britten’s remarkable settings of John Donne. They also include American composer Jake Heggie’s short cycle Friendly Persuasions.
Our other Young Artist Platform showcase recital will be given by Michael Mofidian and Keval Shah on Sunday 22 October.
Watch a clip of Peter and Hamish at their audition recital, performing Britten's setting of Michelangelo's Sonnet XXXII:
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
- 1. O my blacke Soule! now thou art summoned
- 2. Batter my heart three person'd God; for, you
- 3. O might those sighes and teares returne againe into my breast and eyes
- 4. Oh, to vex me, contraryes meet in one
- 5. What if this present were the world's last night?
- 6. Since she whom I love hath payd her last debt
- 7. At the round earth's imagined corners, blew
- 8. Thou hast made me, and shall they work decay?
- 9. Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Jake Heggie (b. 1961)
Ivor Gurney (1890 - 1937)
TenorOriginally from Northern Ireland, Peter Harris studied Music at the University of Oxford where he held a choral scholarship at The Queen’s College. Following university Peter was awarded a place on the Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme. Recent solo engagements with the choir include Mozart Requiem at the Salzburg Festpielhaus. Peter recently won the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform final with his duo partner, Hamish Brown. In addition, he won the Northern Ireland Opera Festival of Voice final in August 2017. He is also ... Read Full Biography
PianistHamish Brown is a pianist, accompanist, organist and arranger based in London, UK. As an award-winning and versatile musician, Hamish has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in many venues including the Carole Nash Recital Room, the Wyvern Theatre, the Royal Over-Seas League, the V&A Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and Alexandra Palace, and events including the Leeds Lieder Festival and Deal Festival. In 2016, Hamish performed in the RCM Rising Stars series at the Cadogan Hall, at Wigmore Hall with baritone Huw Mo... Read Full Biography
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