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My Heart is Like a Singing Bird: Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence & William Vann

19 October 2018, 13:05


Lunchtime Recital

Lunchtime


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The Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford, OX1 3AZ



Our lunchtime concert today explores the songs of Parry, but also the music of those who influenced him – notably Johannes Brahms – contemporaries such as Stanford, and those who followed in his footsteps, including Vaughan Williams and Ireland.


Programme


Artist Portrait

Mary Bevan

Mary Bevan

Soprano

Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control”, British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. She is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music and was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2019. In the 2019/20 season, Bevan makes her role debut as ... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Nicky Spence

Nicky Spence

Tenor

Scottish-born Nicky Spence trained at the GSMD and the National Opera Studio. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “a voice of real distinction,” Nicky Spence is fast emerging as “one of our brightest young tenors”. An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession. Highlights in Nicky’s 2019/20 season include Heurtebise in Philip Glass’ Orphée for the English Na... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

William Vann

William Vann

Pianist

A multiple-prize winning and critically acclaimed conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival. Gramophone, reviewing Purer than Pearl, Albion Records’ 2016 disc of Vaughan Williams song, reserved “a special word of praise for William Vann’s deft pianism”; his recent revival of Hubert Parry’s oratorio Judith at Royal Festival Hall “was an unalloyed triumph for William Vann...he had compl... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

The Grand Tour – A European Journey in Song

The 17th Oxford Lieder Festival will celebrate a rich tapestry of music, words and performance in European song. Our Grand Tour of song will showcase the pinnacles of the repertoire while exploring wider cultural and geographical influences. International stars, prize-winning young artists and a wide range of concerts and other related events will take us on this beguiling journey. View the ...

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