An Afternoon at Lydgate House

Sat 2 October 2021

An Afternoon at Lydgate House

Concert and Afternoon Tea
Lydgate House, Eccles Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith

We are delighted to have been invited to Lydgate House for a recital by award winning pianist Roelof Temmingh, followed by a programme of songs from soprano Nadine Benjamin (former Harewood Artist) and readings from internationally acclaimed singer and BIF Board member Michael Harper. The focus will be on music and verses composed by Black British and African-American composers.

Roelof Temmingh, recipient of the Tagore Gold Medal (2019) from the Royal College of Music, London, and currently the Constant/Kit Lambert Junior Fellow, brings a carefully curated programme of solo piano music to the concert.

Nikolai Medtner (1880-1951): 4 Fairytales, Opus 35

Helmut Lachenmann (b.1935): Variations on a theme by Schubert

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), arr. Liszt: Standchen

Nikolai Medtner: 2 Fairytales, Opus 20

Lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin, ENO Harewood Artist (2018-2020), made her Royal Opera House debut in October 2020 as soprano soloist in New Dark Age. She is developing great renown as an exponent of song in particular Verdi, Strauss, Berg and contemporary American song.

Michael Harper, retired counter-tenor, teacher of singing at the Royal Northern College of Music, and guest lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, is a member of the Buxton International Festival Board and patron of the National Opera Studio’s Diverse Voices Initiative.

In Colour My Song, Nadine Benjamin will sing songs by African-American composers Margaret Bonds, Mari Evans, Brittney Elizabeth Boykin, H. Leslie Adams, Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, William Grant Still, Barbara Sherrill and Byron Motley, Maria Thompson Corley, Errollyn Wallen CBE, and Shirley Thompson MBE, while Michael Harper will do a selection of readings to accompany the songs.

Places cost £40 each including Afternoon Tea.