Friday 2 December 2022

My song 'We Wear the Mask' premieres tonight, as part of London Song Festival's celebration of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar


We wear the mask

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African-American writer to achieve international recognition. To celebrate this, tonight (2 December 2022), Nigel Foster and the London Song Festival are exploring Dunbar's work through settings of his poetry, from his important friendship with Samuel Coleridge Taylor to other composers such as Florence Price. The concert will include the premiere of my setting of Dunbar's We Wear the Mask [read more about Dunbar and my song]. The performers are tenor Ronald Samm and soprano Gweneth Ann Rand, both of whom are currently appearing in Jake Heggie's It's A Wonderful Life at English National Opera.

Full details from London Song Festival website.

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