What happens when you put four of the most talented upcoming opera singers in a room? In this case, they formed Songsmiths, an ambitious ensemble with a rich repertoire of choral works. Featuring Mary Bevan soprano, Anna Huntley mezzo-soprano, Nicky Spence tenor, and Marcus Farnsworth baritone, Songsmiths will perform on Thursday 20 June at Shoreditch Church from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Forming the core to their programme is an interest in Scottish traditional music and Celtic folk music expressed in pieces by Judith Weir and James MacMillan. Songs have been selected from Weir’s song cycle Scotch Minstrelry, a cycle of colourful ballads told against a backdrop of the Scottish highlands and countryside. The set will be interspersed with texts by Purcell set to music by Britten.
Nicky Spence in The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky.
‘A voice of real distinction’, The Daily Telegraph on Nicky Spence.
‘[Mary Bevan’s] singing was the best of the night, perfectly judged to combine the true operatic quality of her voice with a natural lightness fitting the music perfectly’, Express.
‘Anna Huntely’s Irene, portrayed by the young mezzo soprano as outrageously funny and at the same time deeply moving and utterly human’, Haverhill Echo.
‘An accomplished performance by the much-garlanded young baritone Marcus Farnsworth’, The Telegraph.
Songsmiths is accompanied by pianist Audrey Hyland, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.