Thursday 22nd October 2015 12.30 Lunchtime Leatherhead Methodist Church
Nicola Berg, soprano Roland Appel, viola Lynda Chang, piano
2015 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Text Anonymous Sweeter than roses (1695)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838) Vado, ma dove? (1789)
Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924) Romain Bussine (1830 -1899) Après un Rêve
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)Victor Hugo(1802-1885) Adieux de l’hôtesse arabe (1867)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827) Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (1828) The Shepherd on the Rock
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) I Hate Music! (1943)
David Baker (b1931) Sheldon Harnick (b1924) from Shoestring Revue (1955) Someone is Sending Me Flowers
Nicola Berg, soprano
Nicola Berg studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained BA and MA degrees. She has also been awarded the ARCM diploma from the Royal College of Music and a Diploma in Opera Performance from the University of London.
Nicola has performed at many European venues, including The Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, Ripley Arts Centre, Christchurch Priory, and Beethoven Hochschule in Austria. Her repertoire ranges from Purcell to Stockhausen, the latter performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Nicola has performed many varied recitals at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, a recent recital at Kew Musical Museum with string quartet, a concert tour in Norfolk as well as an English song recital for the Bournemouth International Festival.
Oratorio performances include JS Bach's St John Passion with the Jubilate and Chandos Choirs and Lambeth orchestra, Haydn's Creation with the Grange Choral society at Christchurch Priory, Nelson Mass with the Birmingham Bach Choir, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Wessex singers as well as Handel's Messiah at Cheltenham Town Hall. Operatic roles include Electra in Mozart's Idomeneo and First Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She has also engaged in several musical theatre roles, including Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Hortense in The Boyfriend by Sandy Wilson.
Roland Appel, viola
Roland Appel studied violin with David Martin and Frederick Grinke at the Royal Academy of Music, whilst also pursuing his scientific research interests at University College and Imperial College London.
Roland has maintained his deep interest in music which he has continued in parallel to science. He pursues this interest through participation in chamber music and string quartets, as well as carrying out solo engagements that have recently included Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending at the Brighton Fringe Arts Festival, and the Beethoven Violin Concerto.
This afternoon Roland will be playing viola with Nicola and Lynda in Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock in which the mellow qualities of the viola bring the music to life.
Lynda Chang, piano
Lynda began learning the piano at the age of 3 with a German nun in Hong Kong. She was formidable (the nun, not Lynda) but gave Lynda an excellent grounding which eventually led to four years’ study at the Royal College of Music in London where she achieved a 1st class honours B.Mus. and was awarded the Tagore gold medal – RCM’s annual nomination for the most outstanding student of the year.
In addition to working with choirs and soloists, Lynda is a regular accompanist for the National Children’s Orchestra’s annual batch of Leverhulme scholars. She also enjoys her collaborations with Carole Boyd from The Archers, jointly performing programmes of words and music on cruises and at corporate / theatrical events.
Lynda is accompanist to both the Epsom Male Voice Choir and Mickleham Choral Society.
Concert at Home
If you are unable to come along to today's concert, here instead is a selection of links to recordings of the same or similar works for your listening enjoyment.
Nicole Berg opens today's concert with the lovely Purcell song Sweeter than roses. We have found a recording from the first ever Alberta Early Music Festival, with soprano Jolaine Kerley, Josephine van Lier, Baroque cello, and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord:
For Mozart's Vado, ma dove, we have found a concert performance by Cecilia Bartoli:
Sometimes we offer a choice of recordings, usually different instrument combinations. Here, though, are two recordings of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa singing Fauré's Après un Rêve. On the left we have a recording which lets the listener follow the text and the music. We are not told who is accompanying here, but on the right is a performance in which Dame Kiri is accompanied by Roger Vignoles:
Felicity Lott is the soprano in this next performance of Bizet's Adieux à l'hôtesse arabe, with pianist Malcolm Martineau:
There are several performances of Schubert's The Shepherd on the Rock on youtube, but they don't all have the viola as accompanying instrument. Here is one that does. The soprano is Sandrine Piau, viola Antoine Tamestit, and pianist Markus Hadulla:
Barbara Bonney sings Bernstein's 5-song cycle I hate Music, with Malcolm Martineau at the piano once again:
Rounding off our concert today, Gillian Wells sings Someone is sending me flowers. What's not to like about that ?
We hope you have enjoyed your Concert at Home