Sunday 3rd November 2019, 7.00pm
Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music
Chart the life and artistic development of Poulenc in this unique programme devised by Nick Sears, Head of Vocal and Opera, and staged by Professor Janis Kelly.
Hear RCM singers and pianists collaborate in the beautiful Britten Theatre before Janis Kelly performs Poulenc’s rarely staged monologue, La Dame de Monte Carlo, written just two years before the composer’s death in 1963.
Song Plus: Britten and Foreign Tongues
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 6.15pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
A fantastic opportunity for fans of Britten to come together to celebrate the English composer’s renowned choral and vocal output and hear some of his most beautiful works performed in their original language.
Programme highlights include settings of Pushkin’s The Poet’s Echo (excerpts of which Katy will be singing) Michelangelo’s Sonnets and selected French folk songs.
Soprano soloist – China Tour
26th December 2019 – 8th January 2020
Saturday 28th March 2020
Soprano soloist – Cadogan Hall – 7.30pm
Soprano soloist with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Harry Bradford.
Beethoven – Mass in C
Mozart – Solemn Vespers KV339
Other recent events
Lancaster Priory Festival of Song
Celebrating Women’s Voices
Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 2pm
Vocal Masterclass with Katy Thomson and Ingrid Sawers
Three of the Priory’s junior choral scholars will work with Katy and Ingrid on interpretation and developing their sound, then give a short informal concert in the rush-hour recital slot at 5.15pm. A fascinating insight into the intricacies of helping young singers to develop their own artistry. Click here for more information.
Wednesday 11th September – 7.30pm
Making a Musical Matriarchy – a panel discussion
This panel discussion will bring together a vibrant group of charismatic and powerful women to explore the issues facing today’s classical music world and what we can do to over-come those challenges. We will investigate gender issues surrounding church music and education; we will raise awareness of female composers massively under-represented in today’s repertoire; we will shine a light on the diversity issues facing arts organisations and disentangle some of the myths surrounding the topic of ‘women in music’, all with a good dose of common sense. The discussion will be followed by a candlelit vocal recital from Eleanor Penfold, and the interval gin bar is being provided by The Butcher and Tonic.
The Revd Dr Rebecca Aechtner – Chair
Fay Jennett (Producer & Diversity Ambassador)
Dr. Katy Cooper (Musicologist, Conductor and Director of Music, Glasgow University Chapel). @K8yCoo
Edwina Wolstencroft (Editor, BBC Radio 3) @loveradio3
Katy Thomson (Soprano, Royal College of Music) @scottish_katy
Thursday 12th September 2019 – 8.00pm
Katy Thomson and Ingrid Sawers in recital
Inspired by Katy’s research for the Women in Music initiative at the Royal College of Music, this programme features strong female protagonists (in the poetry as well as on stage!), providing a platform for composers whose life and works are often overlooked. Ingrid and Katy present a recital packed with hidden gems, including works by both Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and many more. Femmes Fatales:a recital of fireworks, femininity and force. Not to be missed!
Saturday 14th September 2019 – 7.30pm
Festival Voices – Magnificat
In this festival finale, they celebrate the Song of Mary, the Magnificat. The first half of the programme comprises settings from English composers such as Gibbons, Purcell, Noble, and Howells, which will be familiar to members of our regular evensong congregation here at the Priory. In the second half, Oliver Tarney’s acclaimed extended Magnificat for choir, orchestra and soloists will be performed.
Katy Thomson (Soprano) | Sarah Jillian Cox (Mezzo-Soprano)
Christopher Steele (Tenor) | Charlie Murray (Baritone)
Lancaster Priory Choirs and Festival Orchestra | Don Gillthorpe (Director of Music)