St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Eleanor Janes - soprano and Clare Simmonds - piano

Tuesday, 8 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Eleanor Janes - soprano and Clare Simmonds - piano

Programme

Brahms 

An die Nachtigall

Die Mainacht

Das Mädchen Spricht

Hindemith

From Nine English Songs 

Echo 

The Wild Flower's Song

Sing on there in the Swamp

Smirnov 

Four songs from 'Wonderful Stories' op. 63 

 Debussy 

Air de Lia from L'enfant Prodigue

Poulenc

(Fiancailles Pour Rire)

La Dame d'André

Dans l'herbe

Il vole

Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant

 Violon

Fleurs

Biography

Eleanor Janes is a versatile soprano performing a wide range of repertoire, with regular performances around London and the UK. She currently studies with Theresa Goble, and has recently gained a Master of Music degree, graduating with distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied with Laureen Livingstone.

Recent operatic performances include Despina (Così fan tutte) with British Youth Opera, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with The London Opera Players, Yum Yum (The Mikado) with Park Opera, First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) with Weimar Lyric Opera Studio and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Co-Opera.

Eleanor has also performed with Opera Project, Blackheath Hall Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera, Go Opera and Classical Opera. Eleanor has also performed with Opera Project, Blackheath Hall Opera, Hampstead Garden Opera, Go Opera and Classical Opera. 

Alongside pianist, Clare Simmonds, Eleanor has recently been selected to take part in the Oxford Lieder Master Course lead by renowned pianist Roger Vignoles. Eleanor has performed several recitals throughout London, most recently at The Old Naval Chapel, Blackheath Halls and Faversham Assembly Rooms.

Eleanor has enjoyed notable success at many competitions, most recently being selected as a finalist at the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder and Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition, and also as a semi-finalist of Trinity Laban Soloist Competition. Recent solo oratorio performances include Gloria (Vivaldi); St. John Passion, Magnificat (Bach); Messiah, Dixit Dominus (Handel); Requiem (Mozart); Requiem (Fauré); Negro Spirituals (Tippet). She has performed with The London Chorus, Blackheath Chorus and Ad Solem, and is currently a member of the Student Singer Scheme with the Royal Philharmonia Chorus.

With a passion for performing new works Eleanor has collaborated with several young composers, most recently with the award winning British composer, Chris Roe. Eleanor was a member of the Contemporary Music Group at Trinity Laban and hopes to continue working with contemporary composers.

Clare Simmonds performs regularly as a soloist and ensemble pianist, and enjoys presenting programmes that are unconventional and contemporary.

She is on the postgraduate piano accompaniment course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Eugene Asti and Pamela Lidiard. In 2014, she received distinction in her MMus in solo piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was taught by Douglas Finch.

Clare now studies contemporary piano with Rolf Hind. She was very highly commended in the 2013 contemporary music competition at Trinity Laban, playing Black Box Flight Recorder by Edward Henderson (which won the composition prize). She performed the piece again in Trinity Laban's Gold Medal Showcase at King's Place, where she received special mention, and then collaborated with the film-maker, Will West, to create a film about the piece (now on Youtube). She has premiered works by Hans Hoglund, Elliot Galvin, Nick Morrish Rarity, Soosan Lolavar, Barry O'Halpin and Caitlin Rowley, and participated in a masterclass with Ian Pace as part of the 2013 London Ear Festival, playing Scelsi. In July 2014, Clare was invited to the Contemporary International Music Exchange as part of the Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy, where she played works by Ronald Stevenson.

Inspired by Douglas Finch and Philip Colman, Clare's enthusiasm for improvisation has led to work with dancers at The Place, Laban and RADA. In 2012, she established a group improvisation workshop (a creative meeting point for musicians and dancers) which performed to acclaim at the college's 2012 John Cage Festival. In 2014, she co-organised a 20-hour performance of 'Vexations' by Erik Satie, involving ten musicians, four dancers, live artwork and poetry. She is currently studying improvisation with David Dolan. A keen chamber musician, Clare regularly performs with Instrumentalists and singers in a wide range of venues. She was a finalist in all Trinity Laban's song competitions 2012-14, and attended the 2013 Oxford Lieder Master Course with the soprano Eleanor Janes. Clare has participated in masterclasses run by Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, John Shirley Quirk and Julius Drake, and has benefited from coaching from Eugenem Asti, Andrew West and Helen Yorke amongst others. For her contribution to accompanists' work at Trinity Laban, she received the David Gosling award in 2013 and the Founders Prize for Accompanists in 2014.

Clare was born in York to a musical family. She read History at the University of Cambridge. After teaching English in Slovakia for a year, she became the publications manager for Pearson Publishing Ltd in Cambridge for ten years, and then moved to Oxford University Press. Meanwhile, she played the violin in several local orchestras and sang in a number of chamber choirs. After taking three diplomas in the piano (studying with Philip Mead), she spent 2011-12 on Trinity Laban's Flexible Programme of Study (with Philip Fowke), was commended in the heats of the 2012 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and achieved a first in her final recital.