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In a gala recital to open the Festival, three award-winning young singers join pianist and artistic director Ceri Owen in a rich and fascinating programme featuring songs by Cambridge composers past and present.
Framing the recital are a collection of lesser-known songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who studied in Cambridge during the 1890s. Between his early, intimate The House of Life sonnets and the lyrical, tender Four Last Songs, we explore the lively Greek songs of his teacher Maurice Ravel (Cinq mélodies populaires grecques), as well as songs from Benjamin Britten's On this Island, and recent work by leading contemporary composers including Richard Causton, Graham Ross, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad. A journey in song across the 20th and 21st centuries, join us as we open the Festival weekend in a spirit of adventure, discovery, and rediscovery!
Jess Dandy (Contralto)
James Way (Tenor)
Jennifer Witton (Soprano)
Ceri Owen (Piano)
Jess Dandy, 'a rising star contralto' (Opera Magazine), praised for her 'sumptuous tone' and 'beautiful legato' (The Times)
'It was the tenor James Way who took the breath away, however, with his immaculate tonal control and the astonishing maturity of his musicianship' (London Evening Standard)
Jennifer Witton recently sang the title role in Glyndebourne Festival Opera's touring production of Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella).