St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Sera Ann Baines - soprano, Brian Benedict - piano

Tuesday, 15 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blȁtter (Hermann von Gilm) Op.10
   Die Nacht
   Die Georgine
   Die Verschwiegenen
   Die Zeitlose

Cȁcilie (Heinrich Hart) Op.27 No.2

Sera Ann Baines grew up in Llanelidan, North Wales.  She was a finalist in the Young International Singer of the Year competition at the Llangollen International Music Festival at the age of eighteen.  Sera won the Dolan Evans and the Aneurin Bevan Prizes whilst still a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She also studied on The Knack Lillian Baylis Programme at English National Opera and was awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Elizabeth Ritchie and Ian Ledingham.  Among her distinguished awards for solo singing are the John Ireland Prize, the Blodwen Cosslett Soprano Prize and the Maida Jones and Alfred Alexander Awards.  Sera sings many of the Lyric and Verismo rȏles in the operatic repertoire.  She recently sang the rȏle of Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring to enthusiastic and widespread acclaim.  Sera is equally at home on the concert platform and notable recent performances include songs by Rossini, Liszt and Richard Strauss, and in particular the latter's Four Last Songs.

After a long and busy career as a solo pianist in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Africa, Brian Benedict has dedicated the last few years to Chamber Music and Art Song.  His interest in languages led him naturally to the study of foreign literature, culminating in an all-consuming passion for German Lieder, French Mélodies, Italian Canzone and Spanish Zarzuelas, as well as Russian and Latvian song.  For Brian this supremely intimate and personal style of music is without equal.  He maintains that 'there is nothing to compare with the bringing together of the individual talents of like-minded musicians to create a unique musical experience.'  He has performed at many of the prestigious musical venues throughout Europe, notably the International Festivals of Menton (France), Ravello and Sestri Levante (Italy), Echternach, Wiltz and Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), Badenweiler (Germany), Ascona, Basel and Lucerne (Switzerland).  Some six years ago Brian founded the group Serenata, comprising singers and instrumentalists of an international mix who perform music in the nature of a serenade.