St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Katherine MacRae - soprano, David Horniblow - clarinet, Richard Black - piano

Wednesday, 26 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Katherine MacRae - soprano,  David Horniblow - clarinet, Richard Black - piano


Shepherd on the Rock


Three Songs from the Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit

Ablösung im Sommer
Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
Um Schlimme Kinder aus der Jugendzeit


Johnny has gone for a soldier
Hush-a-ba, Birdie, croon, croon
John Peel


Let me play to you tunes without measure or end (Hugh MacDiarmid)
Villanelle: It is the pain; it is the pain endures (William Empson)
A deep-sworn vow (W.B. Yeats)

Scottish soprano Katherine MacRae began her training in the United States before coming to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music and later with David Pollard and Sandra Smith from the Guildhall School of Music. She has participated in public masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Rachel Yakar, Robert Tear and others both in the UK and abroad.  A light lyric soprano, she has worked for companies such as Grange Park Opera, Opera East, New London Opera Group, Guildford Opera and St Albans Opera and given solo recitals or concert opera performances in venues including St James' Piccadilly, the Linbury Studio at the ROH, Covent Garden, St Martins' in the Fields and the Cité des Arts, Paris. She has a particular affinity for the music of Handel, singing the title role in his opera Alcina in St James' Piccadilly in 2012, and has given several recitals of the composer's music, including concerts at the Foundling Museum, London for the Handel anniversary celebrations.  A keen linguist and song recitalist, Katie has also made a more recent specialism of Russian song. Today she gives the first performance of a cycle songs written for her by the American composer Richard Beaudoin.

Richard Black is a well known figure on the recital and opera scene, acting as repetiteur for several UK opera companies and pianist at many of London's professional auditions and competitions. He is a popular choice of accompanist for both instrumentalists and singers, the latter who come to him for his extensive and intimate knowledge of song and opera repertoire as well as for his engaging and encouraging style. He is a familiar face at all the London music colleges where he is popular with students who choose to continue with him after their studies. Known for his wide ranging repertoire and excellent sight reading ability, Richard is the accompanist of choice for many opera-singers and agents. In his work as repetiteur and performer he has played for many performances of contemporary opera as well as for most of the standard opera repertoire, both onstage and off. As a soloist and accompanist he has played at most of London's leading recital venues, and on Radio 3.

David Horniblow was born into a musical family, but came to music relatively late, starting the Clarinet in earnest at the age of 16.  He progressed rapidly, and following consultation with Dame Thea King soon started his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and City University.  At the same time, he was invited to take up the principal chair in the National Youth Wind Orchestra.
After completing his studies he has embarked on a very varied performance career, including Jazz and commercial music.  David has performed at major concert venues and opera houses in Berlin, Cologne, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Vienna, Belfast, Dublin, London and Glasgow and festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, the London Jazz Festival and countless others throughout Europe and Australia.  He recently performed with 11 times Grammy award-winning guitarist George Benson with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Hobart.  He has also performed and recorded with some of Britain's most popular performers, including Jamie Cullum and Jools Holland. As a teacher, David has taught in a number of contexts over the years, including the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has tutored a number of young players from the National Youth Orchestra.