St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jim Wills - baritone and Chris Underhill - piano

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

Jim Wills - baritone and Chris Underhill - piano

Programme

Schubert

Nacht und Träume

Die Sterne

Der Einsame

Erlkönig

Schumann

Nachtstück

Wolf     

Die Nacht

Strauss

Die Nacht

Schumann

Mondnacht

Frühlingsnacht

Biographies

Jim Wills gained his early vocal training from the Royal School of Church Music. After extensive experience in small ensembles singing music of the Renaissance and Baroque - including many historically informed performances of the cantatas of JS Bach - he now devotes most of his time to piano-accompanied solo song, studying with Ruth Lindley and participating in masterclasses with, among others, Richard Jackson, Malcolm Martineau and Stephen Varcoe.

He has a special interest in the songs of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, and particularly enjoys exploring the subtle relationships between composers' music and poets' words. Performances have included Schubert recitals in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, 'Die schöne Müllerin' in London, and Schumann's 'Dichterliebe' in London and Brighton.

In any time not occupied by music he uses his scientific and linguistic knowledge professionally as a translator, mainly in the distinctly unmusical field of polymer chemistry!

 

Chris Underhill After reading music at King's College Cambridge, Chris studied piano at the Royal College of Music under David Parkhouse. A former insurance underwriter, he now devotes as much time as he can to performance.  Chris has a wide-ranging repertoire, enjoying music of most styles and tastes. His solo work includes various concertos (Saint-Saëns no. 2, Chopin no. 2, Dvorák, Mozart K488, Grieg, Fauré Ballade, Honegger Concertino, Martinu Concertino for Piano Trio and Strings), but he enjoys chamber music and accompanying singers and instrumentalists just as much. He has performed in the UK and abroad both as soloist and accompanist.