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Judith Weir 60th Birthday Concert

Venue: St George's Church, Hanover Square, W1S 1FX


Judith Weir
The Voice of Desire
Judith Weir
Songs from the Exotic
Judith Weir
Judith Weir
Ox mountain was covered by trees
  • Songs by Jonathan Dove, George Gershwin, Robin Holloway, Charles Ives, and Scott Wheeler


Katie Bray
Johnny Herford
William Vann

The British composer Judith Weir celebrates her 60th birthday in May and this concert brings together some of her finest works for voice and piano alongside those by her contemporaries and influences. The composer herself begins the evening with a pre-concert talk before RAM Richard Lewis prizewinner Katie Bray, Kathleen Ferrier song prize winner Johnny Herford and Artistic Director William Vann give the second recital of this year’s London English Song Festival. Johnny and William give their first London performance together since they were awarded the Jean Meikle Prize for a Duo in the 2013 Wigmore Song Competition.

6.45pm: Pre-concert talk by the composer

NB. Please note venue.

The London English Song Festival was set up in 2011 under the direction of multiple award-winning pianist William Vann to promote and celebrate the performance and knowledge of the wide and varied repertoire of English Song in London and throughout the U.K. This year, the LESF will be held between 5 and 11 June in the historic and musically important churches of St James’s, Piccadilly and St George’s, Hanover Square, and we are thrilled that the festival will be opened on 5 June by Ann Murray giving a recital with Artistic Director, William Vann, in St James’s. On 6 June we celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Professor Judith Weir CBE, one of the country’s finest song-writing composers, featuring exciting young artists Katie Bray and Johnny Herford with a pre-concert talk given by the composer. A third recital on 10 June commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War given by Alexander Sprague and Kathleen Ferrier prizewinner Gareth John, including the academic insights of Professor Jeremy Dibble beforehand. The 2014 programme concludes on 11 June with tenor Allan Clayton and the Navarra Quartet performing a sumptuous array of songs for tenor, string quartet and piano.

The LESF is grateful to its sponsors, who include the Kathleen Ferrier Society, the Lennox Berkeley Society and the Association of English Singers and Speakers, and to Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau for their support and patronage.

Part of London English Song Festival 2014

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