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Opening Concert: Songs of the Sea

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Mark Padmore tenor

Roderick Williams baritone

Rory Kinnear reader

Julius Drake piano

Programme to include works by Brahms, Britten, Coleridge, Eliot, Fauré, Hardy, Haydn, Kipling, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Tennyson.

Tickets: £25.00; £23.00 Unwaged/Disabled; £5.00 Under 26s/Full-time Students

Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams are universally acclaimed for their extraordinary gifts as story-tellers and word-painters. Joining them are celebrated actor Rory Kinnear and the doyen of British song pianists Julius Drake in a programme vivid in its emotional power. Uncompromising and volatile, the sea has inspired countless poets and musicians over the centuries and tonight’s programme includes words and music that celebrate the oceans that cover more than two thirds of our planet.

‘…he can sing with penetrating intensity…he’s a riveting actor…This is eloquent Lieder singing driven by astute and sensitive attention to the texts.’ New York Times on Mark Padmore

‘For my money, this inspired accompanist is now the best in the business’ New York Magazine on Julius Drake


Robert Frost – Neither Out Far Nor In Deep

John Ireland – Sea Fever

Lawrence Durrell – Water Music (p134)

Joseph Haydn – Sailor’s Song

Charles Villiers Stanford – Drake’s Drum

Thomas Hardy – The Convergence of the Twain

Gabriel Fauré – Au Cimetiére

TS Eliot – Dry Salvages

Gabriel Fauré – Les Berceaux

Felix Mendelssohn – Wasserfahrt

Rudyard Kipling – The Sea and the Hills (p93)

Franz Schubert – Der Schiffer D536

Franz Schubert – Auf dem Wasser zu singen

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Franz Schubert – Meeres Stille

Alfred, Lord Tennyson – The Kraken (p58)

Johannes Brahms – Meerfahrt

Johannes Brahms – Die Meere

Hugo Wolf – Seemans Abschied

Emily Dickinson – Wild nights- wild nights

Edward Elgar – Where Corals Lie (from Sea Pictures)

Charles Causley – Able Seaman Hodge Remembers Ceylon (p137)

arr Benjamin Britten – Tom Bowling

arr Benjamin Britten – Sail on, sail on

Edward Lear – The Jumblies

Hely Hutchinson – The Owl and the Pussycat