Monday 27 June 2022

A new song festival on the edge of the Cotswolds: Shipston Song

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During lockdown, pianist Ian Tindale produced a fine series of recital films from the music room in a house in the Cotswolds [see my article]. And now the project has extended, into a full blown live festival. Shipston Song takes place from 23 to 25 September 2022 at a private venue on the outskirts of Shipston-on-Stour.

The festival opens with Julien van Mellaerts (baritone), Moloko Letsoalo (soprano, Shipston Song Rising Star) and Ian Tindale in Richard Rodney Bennett's Songs before Sleep (his wonderful re-inventions of nursery rhymes), Eleanor Alberga's The Soul's Expression, which gives the recital its name, songs by Brahms and then Schumann's Dichterliebe. On Saturday 24 September, Harriet Burns (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto) and Ian Tindale present 'My songs are my diary’: Discovering Josephine Lang, which will include songs and duets by the German composer Josephine Lang (1815-1880) along with music by her friends and mentors, Felix Mendelssohn, and Clara Schumann.

The final concert of the season will feature James Gilchrist (tenor), Daniel Barrett (baritone, Shipston Song Rising Star), Ensemble Kopernikus and Ian Tindale in a programme centred around RVW's On Wenlock Edge plus the Songs of Travel, songs by Rebecca Clarke and the piano trio by Percy Miles (who was Clarke's harmony teacher at the Royal Academy of Music)

Full details from the festival website

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