Tuesday 24 May 2022, 7:30pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams: 150th anniversary concert

Gareth John baritone
William Vann piano

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IMPORTANT UPDATE, Tuesday 24 May

Owing to illness, Gareth John is unable to perform this evening. We are hugely grateful for Julien Van Mellaerts for stepping in at short notice, and are thrilled to be able to be able to replace Gareth with an artist of such a high calibre.

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Songs of Travel
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT Songs before Sleep
and songs and solo piano music by BARBER, BRITTEN, HOWELLS, IVES & LEHMANN

Preceded by Five minutes of Fame: Jasmine Djazel, Junior Winner, Wandsworth Young Musician of the Year competition 2021

2022 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of Britain’s most beloved composers and a resident of Chelsea for many years. Alongside his famous The Lark Ascending, symphonies, operas and choral works, he wrote a huge selection of solo vocal music, much of it drawing on the influences of English folk song, a field in which his research was legendary. Vaughan Williams’s music is heard alongside a selection of English and American song composers who followed him, including the stunning song cycle Songs before Sleep by Richard Rodney Bennett. Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award, and the National Opera Studio.  He is accompanied at the piano by KCMS Chairman and renowned pianist and conductor William Vann.