Concert Diary

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.  


 
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

John Manduell 'Verses from Calvary'; new commissions to be announced

  • Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Blythborough (map)
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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.

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Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Rossini 'Petite Messe Solennelle'

  • St Martin's church, Church Square, Basildon (map)
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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.

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Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

Will Todd 'Mass in Blue'

  • Kingsley School, Beauchamp Ave, Leamington Spa CV32 5RD (map)
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Described as a "dynamic, uplifting, and highly popular jazz setting of the Latin Mass.  The work features driving grooves and blues harmonies ... and great moments of interplay between the soprano soloist and the choir".

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Apr
8
7:45 PM19:45

Mozart 'Requiem'

  • St Martin's Church, Basildon, SS14 1DX (map)
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For all the intrigue and mystery surrounding Mozart's death, and the subsequent completion of the work by Süssmayr, this remains one of the most enduring, loved and performed works in the vocal repertoire.

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Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Brahms 'Requiem'; Strauss 'Morgen!'

  • Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, SN16 0AA (map)
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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.

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Jul
31
7:15 PM19:15

Elgar 'The Kingdom'

  • Arundel Cathedral, London Road, BN18 9AY (map)
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Appropriately, Lesley-Jane's first concert after returning to live in the Cotswolds is Elgar's majestic oratorio The Kingdom'.  A truly epic piece involving large forces, and the beautiful "The Sun goeth down".

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