Sarah Leonard, soprano / Stephen Dickinson, piano

Sunday 7 July, 3.00pm

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Sarah Leonard, soprano / Stephen Dickinson, piano at Thaxted Festival

An afternoon of songs by Elgar, Holst/Wolfe, Delius, and Fauré; with a world première of Without Words by Stephen Dickinson. Introductory talk on the Holst/Wolfe work by Philippa Tudor CBE.

Sarah Leonard’s unique voice and unrivalled musicianship have led to a varied and distinguished career spanning four decades, becoming a leading exponent of the British song repertoire. Stephen Dickinson, soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, musical director and composer, is no stranger to Thaxted audiences, having played in a programme of Cole Porter songs last year, and Stephen Sondheim songs in 2022.

There will be an introductory talk by Holst specialist Philippa Tudor on the intriguing origins of Holst’s Twelve Humbert Wolfe Songs, which form part of this performance. Gustav Holst wrote the song cycle for the spectacular 1929 Paris housewarming party of Australian music-lover and patron Louise Dyer. This talk will explore how the unlikely working relationship between the shy composer and the socialite founder of the Oiseau-Lyre music publishers encouraged him to start composing again.

Thaxted Festival’s commitment to premiering new work is continued with the first performance of Stephen Dickinson’s vocalise for soprano and piano, Without Words.

Venue: United Reformed Church, Bolford Street, Thaxted
Tickets £22. Age 30 and under: £10. Unreserved seating.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“It's always the variety and quality which keeps me coming back.”
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