Two Classical greats. Feast and enjoy!
Lesley-Jane’s wide-ranging vocal skills are reflected in the variety of concert work she undertakes. Her concert diary illustrates not only an interesting mix of composers but also the typical demand for “greats”. For further concert details, click on each event below or get in touch. To view Lesley-Jane's past concerts, click here.
2018 celebrates the 8th year of the William Alwyn Festival [Lesley-Jane gave the opening concert in its first year, 2011] celebrating William Alwyn and other English composers. This concert highlights Sir John Manduell and will feature new pieces by several of our eminent living composers.
Described by Rossini as "the last mortal sin of my old age", Rossini saw no reason why sacred music should wear a pious and penitential frown. Indeed, the Mass is neither very "petite" nor that solemn (!), but rather it is a splendid operatic outpouring, whose arias and choruses are of grand proportions.
As Holy Week approaches, feast on the Lenten cantata 'Aus tiefe Not' and enjoy Haydn's glorious 'Nelson Mass'.
As the title suggests, a concert in celebration of composer Gordon Crosse, and which will include Gordon's Kipling song settings, as well as tribute pieces by Kevin Malone, Elis Pehkonen, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Peter Hope, Rob Keeley, Vic Hoyland, as well as works by John Manduell and John Joubert.
Performed here in Brahms' own arrangement for piano duet, his dark and brooding German Requiem is a masterpiece of choral writing. It also includes the poignant soprano solo movement, written in memory of his Mother.
There is also the stunningly beautiful song "Morgen!" written early in Strauss' life, and dedicated to his wife Pauline.
Richard Blackford's A Mirror of Perfection is one of the most popular choral works by a living composer to be performed today. Couple this with the ever-popular Fauré Requiem and this is a concert of lush goodies indeed.
Featuring the writings of Emily Brontë, this concert explores settings by John Joubert and Robin Walker, and all set at the beautiful Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester.
Two very popular choral works, written three centuries apart! Solo items include Pergolesi's 'Salve Regina' full of typical Pergolesi suspensions and interrupted cadences, and Handel's ever-popular aria "Let the bright Seraphim".