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Contralto Jessica Dandy Cambridge Song Festival

A Cambridge Songbook

Friday 15 Feb 2019, Jesus College Chapel, 8.30pm

In a celebratory recital to open the Cambridge Song Festival, three award-winning young singers join pianist and artistic director Ceri Owen to perform a rich and fascinating collection of songs by Cambridge composers past and present. Framing the programme are a group of lesser-known songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who studied in Cambridge during the 1890s. Between his intimate The House of Life sonnets and the lyrical, tender Four Last Songs, we explore the lively and popular Greek songs of his teacher Maurice Ravel, as well as music by his friends and younger contemporaries, and recent work by leading contemporary composers. Join us as we embark on the Cambridge Song Festival in a spirit of celebration, collaboration, and discovery!

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Heart's Haven

Robin Holloway
Go, lovely Rose

Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Marching Through Time
The Ballad of Harry Holmes

Graham Ross
Through galleried earth

Maurice Ravel
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques


Benjamin Britten
Let the florid music praise!
As it is, plenty

William Denis Browne
The Isle of Lost Dreams

Gerald Finzi
Former Beauties

Richard Causton

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Four Last Songs

Tickets: £10, £5 students and under 35s (available on the door)


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Jesus College Chapel, 8.30pm

A Cambridge Songbook

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Sidney Sussex College Chapel, 8.30pm

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Cambridge Song relies on the generous support of its sponsors. We extend our warm thanks to Mrs Shirley Ellis; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; and the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. Thanks also to Cubiq Design Ltd., Cambridge Pianoforte, and Kall Kwik Print Services, Cambridge.

The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust


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