Friday 3 February 2023

It's Today! A Out of the Shadows - 3 February 2023

Burke murdering Margery Campbell

As you are probably aware, our concert Out of the Shadows takes place today, Friday, 3 February 2023 at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ, not far from Oxford Street Tube. We have a programme that explores the lives of gay men in the 19th century, from the earliest tentative admissions of same-sex attraction to cruising in a bathhouse in Imperial Russia, alongside a search for eternal life from cryogenics and the body-snatching of Burke and Hare (see the period illustration above) to Frankenstein and Walt Whitman. 

There will also be love songs, setting texts by Michelangelo and the Black American poet Carl Cook, along with one of my cabaret songs and selections from my early song cycle, Songs of Love and Loss including a description of an early AIDS candlelight memorial.

Out of the Shadows: an evening of Robert Hugill's songs for LGBT History Month

The performers are
Ben Vonberg-Clark (tenor) and James Atkinson (tenor) with Nigel Foster (piano). Tickets and further details from EventBrite.

And looking further ahead, I am delighted that we have been invited to perform the programme in July 2024 at the Glasperlenspiel Festival in Tartu, Estonia. The festival's founder and artistic director is the distinguished Estonian composer Peeter Vähi, and during 2024 Tartu will be celebrating being European Capital of Culture.

We are all looking forward to next week's concert immensely, and do hope to see you there.

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