Sunday 17 June 2012

John Ireland in Chelsea

Marking the 50th anniversary of John Ireland's death, the festival John Ireland in Chelsea runs from 21 to 25 June in the two Chelsea churches where Ireland was organist and choirmaster - St. Lukes and Holy Trinity.

Kitty Whately and Andrew Staples will be giving a recital with pianist William Vann performing two major Ireland song cycles alongside music by his pupils Alan Bush, Geoffrey Bush and Richard Arnell. Roderick Williams gives a recital which includes Ireland's songs and choral songs (performed by the Addison Singers) alongside those of the two Bushes and Ireland's teacher, Stanford. Also included in this programme is Ireland's melodrama Annabel Lee with speaker Timothy West.

The festival finished with three of Ireland's major chamber works, performed by Julian Lloyd Webber, Rupert Marshall-Luck, Jiaxin Chemg and John Lenahan.

Full details from the Cadogan Hall website.

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