3rd December 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Royal Over-Seas League


Ruskin and Music

In this concert celebrating the English poet and critic John Ruskin, Kieran will sing a variety of pieces, including two new songs written especially for his voice by composer William Marshall.

Michael Berkeley presenter
Jennifer Witton soprano
Jess Dandy contralto
Kieran Rayner baritone
Emily Sun violin
Ashley Fripp piano

7.00pm Princess Alexandra Hall, Over-Seas House
Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
£20(ROSL Members and Friends of ROSL ARTS £16, Students £5)

In his bicentenary year, the Sage of Coniston is being remembered worldwide for his roles as a social reformer, revered art critic, a gifted artist and champion of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, but his interest in music is little known. In this special ROSL event, we will shine a light on this, quoting extensively from Ruskin’s own writings and those of his contemporaries, and illustrating this with music, in the spirit of Michael Berkeley’s popular Radio 3 programme Private Passions. The programme will include a LDSM-commissioned work by William Marshall setting Ruskin’s poetry to music… and music by Ruskin himself, together with Bellini, Berkeley, Mozart, Oakeley, Ravenscroft, Beethoven, Gounod, Corelli and Mendelssohn.