Friday, June 16, 2006

"I can Sing and Speak in many Sorts of Music"

This quotation from 12th Night of Shakespeare's is the title of my upcoming concert presentation at the Royal Academy of Music. This is the composer’s equivalent to a finals recital and will take place at the Academy in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall on Monday 26th June at 6.30 pm.

I am delighted to have the entire Year Out Drama Company making the journey down from Stratford-upon-Avon to the event, who will be singing two pieces of mine, a setting of Shakespeare’s 130th Sonnet, My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun, and Mirroring the Voice, a riotous concoction of musical theatre, opera, barbershop, jazz, pop and more besides! As a special treat, they will also be performing the glorious Act 1 finale to Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim’s great musical from the early 1980s.

Alongside this will be another chance to hear a selection from my song cycle, It was only the Angels who Sang, with words by Adam Goodyer and performed by many of the work’s original interpreters. The three songs chosen will feature some of the work’s most violent and lyrical passages, by way of emphasising the binding element that links the whole concert – music and theatre.

The event is free, and should last for about an hour.

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