Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and others
Claire-Louise Lucas and Jonathan Darnborough
Songs in English, not least from England, have for centuries dominated popular culture. But how much do we know about the country's art music beyond Elgar's and Britain's most famous works? Now we get a chance to discover more by a British couple visiting us - see the biographies below. They offer both songs and piano solos by well known to us as well as less known composers, with emphasis in the early 1900s. Those of us who are members of KVAH also get an introduction to the works and their background two days before the concert - see Member activities.
Songs and piano pieces by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and others.
Claire-Louise Lucas, mezzo-soprano,
Jonathan Darnborough, piano
More information about the artists
Claire-Louise Lucas, mezzo-soprano, has been described in the Boston Globe as having "one of those beautifully trained mezzo-soprano voices the English specialize in - always there right in the center of the note, with a neat, cool gleam to the overall sound and hardly ever a beat of extraneous vibration clouding it.". She studied with Pamela Bowden at The London College of Music where she won the W.S. Lloyd Webber Medal for Performance and the LCM Recital Award and took part in master classes with John Carol Case, Malcolm Williamson and Jane Manning. She has appeared as a soloist in the Salzburg Easter Festival with Maurizio Pollini and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. She has also given solo performances throughout the UK and in the USA, including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Harvard University, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia and Florida State University. She has sung for Opera North, Opera International and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
This is her first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.
Jonathan Darnborough, piano, read Natural Sciences and Music at Cambridge, studying composition with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway and piano with Phyllis Sellick. He took a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music - studying the piano with Derrick Wyndham and composition with Anthony Gilbert. In 1992 he was a prizewinner in the Franco-Italian Music Competition in Paris and he has performed in the USA, France, Holland, Italy and Indonesia. His works have been performed in Britain, Europe and the USA and he is currently working on an opera based on Euripides’s Hecuba. He is the Director of Studies in Music at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and is the author of Oxford University’s first two online music courses.
This is his first appearance at Allhelgonakyrkan.