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.
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.
The Concert Hall, King’s College School
Southside, Wimbledon Common SW19 4TT
Byrd Lullaby, my sweet little baby
Palestrina Magnificat primi toni
Scheidt Puer natus in Bethlehem
Flecha Ríu ríu chíu
Arr. Wall Gaudete
Pearsall In dulci jubilo
Gjeilo The Coventry Carol
Arr. Wilberg Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
Plus congregational carols for all to join in!
Kieran will perform the role of Baron Duphol in Viardot’s Cendrillon, as part of VIARDOT200, a celebration of the composer Pauline Viardot. The weekend festival will also feature an art song concert, which Kieran will sing in. Full cast and other details to follow.