APÉRITIF CONCERTS 

THURSDAYS IN MAY-JULY 2020 & FEBRUARY & MARCH 2021

THURSDAY 7 MAY

LCS regulars HELEN CHARLSTON (mezzo soprano) and MICHAEL CRADDOCK (baritone) perform some Ravel and Schubert, as well as a couple of things written for them in lockdown.

 

THURSDAY 14 MAY

Baroque specialist CONOR GRICMANIS (violin) treats us to a few short favourites of his from the 17th century, and pieces inspired by the era - folk, love, and all things wayward.

 

THURSDAY 21 MAY

We join JESSICA DANDY (contralto) in her beautiful lockdown surroundings of Barrow-in-Furness for a journey 'Into the Woods'. With music from the French baroque, to Handel, Mahler and even a bit of Northumberland folk song, this woodland-themed concert is not to be missed.

 

THURSDAY 28 MAY

LCS Musical Director MICHAEL WALDRON performs piano music by York Bowen – ‘Paganini meets The Savoy’ – from his home in North London.

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

Internationally-renowned viola player STEPHEN UPSHAW performs Bach’s Second Suite in D minor.

 

THURSDAY 11 JUNE

Performing from her home in New Malden, harpist ZITA SILVA presents a varied programme of works by Debussy, Tournier, and a dazzling Fantasy on themes from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky.

 

THURSDAY 18 JUNE

Celebrated vocal soloists EMILY DICKENS (soprano) and DINGLE YANDELL (bass-baritone) perform live from their home in Reading, with a programme featuring an uplifting mixture of solos and duets from folksong, and composers including Mendelssohn and Handel.

 

THURSDAY 25 JUNE

The French Touch. From his home in Islington, our very own MICHAEL WALDRON presents a celebration of female French composers, with a programme featuring music by Nadia & Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre, and Cecile Chaminade.

THURSDAY 2 JULY

Our July series of recitals kicks off with bass-baritone JULIAN DEBREUIL. Live from his home in Catford, Julian will perform Italian Aria Antiche and some English song. Julian says, ‘During lockdown I’ve tried to make use of the lack of performance pressure to go back to basics and reestablish a firm technical basis to my singing. These were the songs I first studied when my voice broke and it’s been a joy to revisit them and use them for that purpose. My two-year-old daughter, Imogen, might walk in and start dancing at some point, and then take a bow. I hope nobody minds.’

 

THURSDAY 9 JULY

Live from his home in Worcester, CHRISTOPHER ALLSOP will be playing organ pieces by J. S. Bach, Louis Vierne and Henri Mulet on his Hauptwerk organ and pipe organ.

 

THURSDAY 16 JULY

For our final Apéritif Concert this year we conclude with a recital of piano arrangements and transcriptions of great melodies from Broadway, Rogers & Hammerstein and Gershwin, given by MICHAEL WALDRON. We look forward to seeing you at this rousing culmination of our online Apéritif series.

2021

THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY

JESSICA DANDY contralto
English folksong arranged by Benjamin Britten

 

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY
JACOB GARSIDE viola da gamba

Music by Telemann & C. F. Abel
 

THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY

NATASHA GOLDBERG voice & guitar

Scottish and English folksong: arrangements by Dick Gaughan & Natasha herself

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

MAX WELFORD clarinet

Works by Bach and Debussy

THURSDAY 4 MARCH

MATTHEW SIVETER baritone

Favourites from Gilbert and Sullivan and other English operetta

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

MILOŠ MILIVOJEVIĆ accordion

Original works & transcriptions from his album Accord for life

THURSDAY 18 MARCH

ELIZABETH KARANI soprano

Favourite arias from operas including by Mozart and Puccini

THURSDAY 25 MARCH

JAMES ORFORD organ

Works by Bach and Vierne played live from the world-famous grand organ of Westminster Cathedral, along with a unique demonstration and tour of the organ