St Bride's: Music - Sarah Gabriel - soprano and Viv McClean - piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Sarah Gabriel - soprano and Viv McClean - piano

Tuesday, 29 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Sarah Gabriel - soprano and Viv McClean - pianoSarah Gabriel - soprano and Viv McClean - piano

Francis Poulenc

          Reine des mouettes
          C'est ainsi que tu es

Reynaldo Hahn

      Chansons Grises     

          Chanson d'automne
          Tous deux
          L'allée est sans fin
          En sourdine
          L'heure exquise
          Paysage triste
          La bonne chanson

Gabriel Fauré

     Notre amour

     En sourdine

Claude Debussy


Francis Poulenc

     Les chemins de l'amour

Sarah Gabriel read English at Cambridge University. In 2009 she was invited by Lorin Maazel as the only European singer to join his Chateauville young artist programme in the USA. There she made her acclaimed debut as Lucy in Britten/Gay's The Beggar's Opera, conducted by Maazel, later returning to his Castleton Festival as guest principal artist. Described by Le Monde as 'as fine an actress as she is a singer', she made her European debut in 2010/2011 as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (dir. Robert Carsen) at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, opposite Alex Jennings as Professor Higgins.
20th/21st century opera includes La Voix Humaine (Cheltenham Festival), The Governess (Budapest), Anne Trulove, Le Feu (L'enfant et les sortileges), The Singer (Eisler's The Measures Taken; The Young Vic/Sphinx), Jerusha (Gerald Barry The Intelligence Park; Crash Ensemble) and new commissions with Aldeburgh/Jerwood opera. Classical and baroque roles include Morgana (Handel Alcina), Mandane (Hasse Artaserse) and Pamina. Forthcoming roles include the monologue opera, The Trial of Artemisia by Joseph Atkins, based on the extraordinary life of the renaissance artist.
Sarah's work with orchestra includes Manchester Camerata's New Year Concert at Bridgewater Hall, musical theatre songs with English Chamber Orchestra and the orchestral world première of Korngold's Shakespeare songs at the South Bank with Orchestra of St. Paul's. Appearances with London Sinfonietta include 'Cover Versions' at Kings Place, Webern songs in their Second Viennese School concert at the QEH/South Bank as part of The Rest is Noise Festival and Schoenberg String Quartet no. 2 in the BBC documentary, 'The Sound and the Fury'. With Rambert Dance Company she gave the world première of Michael Daugherty's orchestral song cycle Labyrinth of Love, in which she was choreographed with the dancers, appearing at Sadler's Wells and on national tour.

She has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival, Leeds International Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Glyndebourne. She has sung Berlioz songs for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the South Bank, baroque recitals for London Handel Festival, European Broadcasting Union, in Boston and New York, and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, France Musique, RTÉ, NPR, and Radio France.

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Scottish Concert Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch.
As a keen chamber musician he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK, and has recorded for Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.
"Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment." Le Monde (Paris)