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James Platt Bass-Baritone
Simon Marlowe Piano
Saturday, 1st December 2012
7.45pm
 

PROGRAMME

 

Vaughan Williams

Songs of Travel

Benjamin Britten arr.​

A selection of English Folk songs:- Salley Gardens, Oliver Cromwell, The foggy foggy dew, Tom Bowling

Roger Quilter

​Weep no more, Dream Valley, Fear no more the heat of the sun, To Daisies

Ivor Gurney​​Sleep
John Ireland​​Sea Fever, the Bells of San Marie
Frederick Keel​​Three Salt Water Ballads
Peter Warlock​​Captain Stratton's Fancy

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James Platt is currently a scholar on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Opera Course and studies vocal technique with Janice Chapman. He has performed as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Concert Hall and Theatre, Christ Church Spitalfields, the London Handel Festival, and cathedrals and concert venues across Europe. He was previously a student of voice, piano, organ, composition, and conducting, at Chetham's School of Music and obtained a scholarship to read his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music.

James holds the Royal Academy of Music teaching Licentiate and has a great interest in the rehabilitation and development of the human voice. He is currently undertaking research into the acoustical consequences of anatomical changes within the vocal apparatus. This aids his work as a soloist, choir trainer, conductor and singing teacher. Alongside his current mentors at the Guildhall he has also studied with international vocal pedagogues including Anne-Marie Speed, Mathew Reeve and Paul Farrington.

James has also sung with many of London's major professional choral groups including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Oxford Camerata, and the Philharmonia Voices and is currently the musical director of Chelmsford City Opera and St Martin of Tours, Ruislip.

James is generously supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Musicians Benevolent Foundations Sybil Tutton Opera Award Scheme, the Countess of Munster Trust and the Bulldog Trust. James is also a Richard Van Allen Scholar.

Simon Marlowe The pianist Simon Marlow enjoys a busy career with frequent concert appearances in Britain and many other European countries. He has also given recitals in Hong Kong, Iceland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the United States. He has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, broadcasted and made several recordings. Simon has worked for many years with the Medici Quartet violist, Ivo-Jan van der Werff with whom he has toured and recorded. Simon has also established a recital and recording partnership with the violinist Shulah Oliver, with a particular emphasis on the many marvellous works by English composers for violin and piano. Last year Simon took part in a Dutch project to perform and record music composed by Nietzsche which also included works by other composers who were inspired by his philosophy. In addition to his musical interests, Simon worked for ten years with the Lucis Trust, an educational charity.