Jul
2
Fri
2021
London Song Festival: Peter Warlock Celebration @ Hinde St Church
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm

Guy Elliott – tenor
Kieran Rayner – baritone
Nigel Foster – piano
David Mildon – speaker

An exploration of the songs and the life of Peter Warlock, real name Philip Heseltine, one of the greatest composers of that incredible flowering of English song that took place in the first half of the twentieth century. This concert combines many of his most beautiful songs with extracts from his letters, read by actor David Mildon, to paint a fascinating portrait of this bon vivant and lover of life and music.

Oct
2
Sat
2021
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol
Oct 2 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol

City of Bristol Choir
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Black leader

Esther Mallett soprano
Annie Gill mezzo soprano
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

Conducted by David Ogden

W.A. Mozart Requiem
W.A. Mozart Ave Verum
Elgar Sospiri

In a poignant return to the concert platform, City of Bristol Choir marks its 30th anniversary season with a programme that includes the first piece that the choir ever performed – Mozart’s Requiem. The work is full of drama and exquisitely crafted music for soloists, choir and orchestra. Each hour-long performance also includes Mozart’s bite-sized masterpiece, his setting of the Ave Verum, and Elgar’s atmospheric and reflective orchestral work, Sospiri.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s, available from City of Bristol Choir’s online box office

Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mozart: Requiem @ St Albans’ Church Bristol

City of Bristol Choir
Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Black leader

Esther Mallett soprano
Annie Gill mezzo soprano
Nicholas Mulroy tenor
Kieran Rayner baritone

Conducted by David Ogden

W.A. Mozart Requiem
W.A. Mozart Ave Verum
Elgar Sospiri

In a poignant return to the concert platform, City of Bristol Choir marks its 30th anniversary season with a programme that includes the first piece that the choir ever performed – Mozart’s Requiem. The work is full of drama and exquisitely crafted music for soloists, choir and orchestra. Each hour-long performance also includes Mozart’s bite-sized masterpiece, his setting of the Ave Verum, and Elgar’s atmospheric and reflective orchestral work, Sospiri.

Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for students in full time education and under 18s, available from City of Bristol Choir’s online box office

Nov
19
Fri
2021
VIARDOT200: Preview Concert @ 1901 Arts Club
Nov 19 all-day

Claire Lees – soprano

Katy Thomson – soprano

Kieran Rayner – baritone

Susanna Stranders – piano

A preview concert to celebrate the launch of VIARDOT200, a festival in Dorset next year celebrating the composer Pauline Viardot.

Dec
3
Fri
2021
London Song Festival: An Obsessive Relationship @ Hinde Street Church
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
London Song Festival: An Obsessive Relationship @ Hinde Street Church

Lotte Betts-Dean: Mezzo-Soprano
Kieran Rayner: Baritone
Nigel Foster: Piano

A concert exploring the 40-year long relationship between Pauline Viardot, composer and celebrity opera singer whose bicentenary falls in 2021, and the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, telling their story through her songs. The programme touches on Viardot’s friendships with Chopin, Liszt, Gounod, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky and shines a light on her extraordinary life at the centre of the international musical world of the 19th century, moving from St Petersburg to Paris, their château at Courtavenel, Baden-Baden and back to France.

Dec
18
Sat
2021
A Platinum Christmas @ The Concert Hall, King's College Wimbledon
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday 18th December, 19:30
The Concert Hall, King’s College School
Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TT
Following their sell-out performance of Messiah at St John’s Smith Square in November, in which Kieran sang baritone solos, Platinum Consort and Choristers come to the exquisite Concert Hall of King’s College, Wimbledon, for a special Christmas concert. In this glorious white oak lined hall on Wimbledon Common, Platinum will present Renaissance polyphony, popular carols in exciting arrangements, and Christmas hymns for the audience to sing. Join us as we celebrate a Platinum Christmas.
Tallis Missa Puer natus est (Gloria & Sanctus)
Byrd Lullaby, my sweet little baby
Palestrina Magnificat primi toni
Pärt Magnificat
Scheidt Puer natus in Bethlehem
Flecha Ríu ríu chíu
Arr. Wall Gaudete
Pearsall In dulci jubilo
Joubert Torches
Gjeilo The Coventry Carol
Arr. Wilberg Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
Plus congregational carols for all to join in!
Feb
11
Fri
2022
Classica: A FANZA Concert @ St Mary-At-Hill Church, London
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm

Join Australians Lotte Betts-Dean – a versatile mezzo soprano whose performance experience includes contemporary repertoire, early music, art song and opera – and Royal Academy of Music alumnus, pianist Joseph Havlat, as well as award-winning New Zealand baritone Kieran Rayner on Friday 11 February 2022 from 6pm to 7pm.

The programme will feature works by British, Australian and  NZ composers and is part of the FANZA Festival to complement the 2021/2022 Season of Culture celebrating the cultural relationship between Australia and the UK.

The venue, St Mary-at-Hill Church, has a beautiful interior designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is a popular venue for concerts and recitals. Doors will open at 5.30pm and the ticket price of £25 includes a glass of wine afterwards. [Special price tickets for young adults and under-25s.]

There are many good restaurants within walking distance of the Church for those who wish to make a night of it.

Feb
16
Wed
2022
Britten Pears Arts – French Song Masterclasses @ Snape Maltings
Feb 16 @ 2:30 pm

Sit in on an exciting coaching session focusing on French Song.

Named as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, pianist Susan Manoff is currently a professor at the Paris Conservatoire. She is devoted to the relationship between singer, pianist, composer and poet. For this masterclass she will be joined by singers and pianists from the 2021-22 cohort of Britten Pears Young Artists.

Feb
17
Thu
2022
Britten Pears Arts – French Song Masterclasses @ Snape Maltings
Feb 17 @ 2:30 pm

Sit in on an exciting coaching session focusing on French Song.

Named as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2011, pianist Susan Manoff is currently a professor at the Paris Conservatoire. She is devoted to the relationship between singer, pianist, composer and poet. For this masterclass she will be joined by singers and pianists from the 2021-22 cohort of Britten Pears Young Artists.

Feb
19
Sat
2022
Britten Pears Arts – French Song Concert @ Snape Maltings
Feb 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Outstanding singers and pianists from the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme give an end of course recital, following an intensive course of coaching and public masterclasses with Susan Manoff.

Mar
17
Thu
2022
Sophie’s Passion @ Southwark Cathedral & Coventry Cathedral
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm

The German Choir of London and Coventry Cathedral Choir perform a new interpretation of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion with an original libretto by playwright Ross McGregor, in Southwark Cathedral (7pm 17 March) and Coventry Cathedral (6pm 19 March).

Kieran Rayner will play Robert Scholl (Sophie’s father) and Möhr (an interrogator), as well as singing the bass arias.

Hans and Sophie Scholl are amongst the most famous personalities in Germany. Nearly every town has a Scholl Square, a Geschwister Scholl School, or a Sophie Scholl Street. Their lives are a set part of the German history curriculum in every school and every year new books, documentaries and films about their lives are published.

On May 9, 2021, it would have been Sophie Scholl’s 100th Birthday.

The lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl, founder of the White Rose resistance group, are widely unknown in the UK. That there was resistance in the public during NS time is for many British still news, having learnt at school mainly about the obeying Germans during the war and the enormous following for Hitler.

The German Choir of London wants to tell a different story.

For this concert the German Choir commissioned a play that accompanies J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion to highlight the story of Sophie Scholl, executed by the Gestapo in 1943 for opposing Hitler with a campaign of non-violence during the Second World War.

The concert will tell the story of Sophie, confined in Stadelheim Prison, Munich in the period before her death, through an original libretto created by playwright Ross McGregor, by combining letters, newspaper articles, the White Rose leaflets and court protocols with the music of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

This new interpretation will be performed with the German Choir of London and Coventry Cathedral Choir in Southwark Cathedral (17 March) and Coventry Cathedral (19 March). It will encourage us to remember that the courage of Sophie Scholl and her fellow conspirators is an inspiration through time, a reminder that fighting injustice, fighting against systems which are wrong, even against the greatest odds, is truly a message of our time.

Mar
19
Sat
2022
Sophie’s Passion @ Southwark Cathedral & Coventry Cathedral
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm

The German Choir of London and Coventry Cathedral Choir perform a new interpretation of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion with an original libretto by playwright Ross McGregor, in Southwark Cathedral (7pm 17 March) and Coventry Cathedral (6pm 19 March).

Kieran Rayner will play Robert Scholl (Sophie’s father) and Möhr (an interrogator), as well as singing the bass arias.

Hans and Sophie Scholl are amongst the most famous personalities in Germany. Nearly every town has a Scholl Square, a Geschwister Scholl School, or a Sophie Scholl Street. Their lives are a set part of the German history curriculum in every school and every year new books, documentaries and films about their lives are published.

On May 9, 2021, it would have been Sophie Scholl’s 100th Birthday.

The lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl, founder of the White Rose resistance group, are widely unknown in the UK. That there was resistance in the public during NS time is for many British still news, having learnt at school mainly about the obeying Germans during the war and the enormous following for Hitler.

The German Choir of London wants to tell a different story.

For this concert the German Choir commissioned a play that accompanies J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion to highlight the story of Sophie Scholl, executed by the Gestapo in 1943 for opposing Hitler with a campaign of non-violence during the Second World War.

The concert will tell the story of Sophie, confined in Stadelheim Prison, Munich in the period before her death, through an original libretto created by playwright Ross McGregor, by combining letters, newspaper articles, the White Rose leaflets and court protocols with the music of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

This new interpretation will be performed with the German Choir of London and Coventry Cathedral Choir in Southwark Cathedral (17 March) and Coventry Cathedral (19 March). It will encourage us to remember that the courage of Sophie Scholl and her fellow conspirators is an inspiration through time, a reminder that fighting injustice, fighting against systems which are wrong, even against the greatest odds, is truly a message of our time.

Apr
2
Sat
2022
VIARDOT200: Viardot’s Cendrillon, a concert & more @ Dorset
Apr 2 – Apr 4 all-day

The VIARDOT200 festival in Dorset is a celebration of the bicentenary of 19th Century composer (and glamorous singer!) Pauline Viardot. The weekend festival will feature Viardot’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) in which Kieran plays Cinderella’s father Baron Duphol, plus a concert of art songs written or inspired by Viardot.

At the end of the festival, Kieran will play Hero in the premiere of young composer Zygmund de Somogyi’s chamber opera hikikomori!, an exciting new work exploring love, loss and the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

Where: Oborne, Dorset
When: Cendrillon: 2 April
Art song concert: 3 April
hikikomori! : 4 April

Booking details and further information to be announced soon.

Apr
16
Sat
2022
Bach: Passions – Aldeburgh Voices @ Snape Maltings
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm
Selections from Bach’s St Matthew, Mark and John Passions, and more.

Conducted by Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Aldeburgh Voices, The Suffolk Ensemble and soloists perform selections from Bach’s three great Easter passions and Easter choral settings by composers from the 16th to 21st centuries: Victoria, Lotti, Bruckner, Copland and Taverner.

Aldeburgh Voices
Siân Dicker soprano
Lotte Betts-Dean mezzo soprano
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Kieran Rayner bass
The Suffolk Ensemble
Dominic Ellis-Peckham conductor

Jun
4
Sat
2022
Aldeburgh Festival – Kieran Rayner & Friends @ Snape Maltings
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A story-led song recital with a twist: the audience chooses the direction of the narrative.

Baritone (and scriptwriter) Kieran Rayner, mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts Dean and pianist Bradley Wood present a vocal recital where the audience decides the direction of the narrative, influencing which songs are performed. Featuring potential song repertoire ranging from Schubert, Poulenc and Finzi to new works.