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.

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.

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.

Oct
22
Sat
2022
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Lambeth Orchestra) @ All Saints West Dulwich
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm

Kieran reprises one of his favourite song cycles with orchestra, Mahler’s heartbreaking Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer). With the Lambeth Orchestra conducted by Peter Selwyn, at All Saints Church, West Dulwich.

Concert also features:
LISZT: Les Preludes
MAHLER: Blumine
STRAUSS: Tod und Verklärung

 

Oct
23
Sun
2022
Emmy Destinn Foundation Gala Concert @ St John's Smith Square
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm
The Emmy Destinn Foundation 25th Anniversary Gala Benefit Concert

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Emmy Destinn Foundation Under the auspices of HE Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Czech Ambassador to the UK.

Featuring brilliant young artists, the winners of our biennial competition The Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards performing arias by Janáček, Dvořák, Smetana, Mozart and Puccini.

They will be accompanied by accomplished pianists Raya Kostova, Panaretos Kyriatzidis and Max Bilbe, winners of the Lady Grenfell-Baines Accompanist’s Prize.

The concert will also feature talented Czech violinist Leona Gogolicynová, accompanied by celebrated pianist Anthony Hewitt, and renowned Swedish trumpeter Magnus Johansson who performed at the inaugural Emmy Destinn Foundation concert in 1997

The evening will be presented by voice over actress and narrator Veronika Hyks

The Foundation is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Emmy Destinn, the greatest Czech diva, by supporting talented young singers and preserving the traditional cultural link between Britain and Czech Republic, as well as cultivating awareness of Czech repertoire’s great riches.


Featuring arias and scenes from operas by:

Leoš Janáček
Antonín Dvořák
Bedřich Smetana
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Giacomo Puccini
Josef Suk

Apr
15
Sat
2023
Recital: Ludlow English Song Weekend @ St Laurence's Church, Ludlow
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am

As winner of the 2022 Sing Finzi competition, Kieran will perform Finzi’s major song cycle Before and After Summer, a collection of Hardy poems centring around love, loss and reminiscence, as well as an exciting Judith Weir cycle The Voice of Desire. Joined by Krystal Tunnicliffe on the piano, and Sing Finzi runner-up Siân Dicker.

St Laurence’s Church

Siân Dicker soprano
Kieran Rayner baritone
Krystal Tunnicliffe piano

Gerald Finzi  Til Earth outwears
Judith Weir  The Voice of Desire
Edward Rushton  From Katherine Mansfield’s Diary (Premiere)
Gerald Finzi  Before and after Summer

Jun
10
Sat
2023
One Shoe of Each Colour – Preview Performance
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm

This is the preview showing of an exciting new musical by Sam Peña, One Shoe of Each Colour, which explores identity, growth and change. More details to follow.

Dec
2
Sat
2023
Friends & Lovers – Ralph & Ursula Vaughan Williams @ London Song Festival
Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm

Saturday 2nd December 2023
4:30pm at United Reformed Church, Broxbourne

“Friends and Lovers” – Ursula & Ralph Vaughan Williams

A programme telling the story of Ursula and Ralph’s relationship told through Ralph’s songs and settings of Ursula’s poetry along with Ursula and Ralph’s own words taken from his letters and her biography of him and other sources.

Dec
14
Thu
2023
DEBUT Secret Christmas Concert @ Brunel Museum
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm

Join DEBUT, creators of Airbnb’s No.1 Music Experience, for their intimate and fun Secret Concert at Brunel Museum’s awe-inspiring Thames Tunnel Shaft with botanical cocktails by Midnight Apothecary.

Dec
15
Fri
2023
DEBUT Secret Christmas Concert @ Shoreditch Treehouse
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Join DEBUT, creators of Airbnb’s No.1 Music Experience, for their intimate and fun Secret Concert at the magical Shoreditch Treehouse

Feb
23
Fri
2024
Opera Concert Tour NZ @ Auckland & Wellington
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
We are over the moon to introduce our Opera Tour artists: 
  • Whangārei soprano, Sophie Sparrow, for all the concerts
  • Cheviot tenor, Harry Grigg, for all the concerts
  • Kāpiti baritone, Kieran Rayner, for the Auckland and Wellington concerts
  • Australian-Cypriot mezzo, Shakira Tsindos, for all the concerts.
We are very lucky to have these London-based artists join us in New Zealand.
We are also thrilled to have the extraordinary pianists, Juan Kim, playing for the Whangārei and Auckland concerts, and Bruce Greenfield in Wellington.
The concert will include a rich selection of scenes, arias and ensembles, from baroque and bel canto to Britten and Bernstein.
We hope to see you there!
Mar
1
Fri
2024
Opera Concert Tour NZ @ Auckland & Wellington
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm
We are over the moon to introduce our Opera Tour artists: 
  • Whangārei soprano, Sophie Sparrow, for all the concerts
  • Cheviot tenor, Harry Grigg, for all the concerts
  • Kāpiti baritone, Kieran Rayner, for the Auckland and Wellington concerts
  • Australian-Cypriot mezzo, Shakira Tsindos, for all the concerts.
We are very lucky to have these London-based artists join us in New Zealand.
We are also thrilled to have the extraordinary pianists, Juan Kim, playing for the Whangārei and Auckland concerts, and Bruce Greenfield in Wellington.
The concert will include a rich selection of scenes, arias and ensembles, from baroque and bel canto to Britten and Bernstein.
We hope to see you there!
Apr
14
Sun
2024
Ayres on a Shoestring with Gyles Brandreth @ OSO Arts
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm

An Amazing Musical Matinee!

While away your Sunday afternoon in the capable hands of the nation’s best loved raconteur, Gyles Brandreth, as he is joined by poet, comedian, songwriter and presenter Pam Ayres MBE.

Gyles Brandreth will compère live musical performances from the imagination of award-winning composer Louis Mander in his impressive catalogue of opera and musical theatre, written in collaboration with Pam Ayres, Stephen Fry and Hinge & Bracket.

Soprano: Jesscia Hopkins; Tenor: Wiliam Diggle; Baritone: Kieran Rayner; Piano: Louis Mander.