St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Stuart Raeburn - tenor, Michael Hodges - piano, and Piers Burton Page - narrator

Friday, 12 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Stuart Raeburn - tenor,  Michael Hodges - piano, and Piers Burton Page - narrator

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel

            The Vagabond

            Let Beauty Awake

            The Roadside Fire

            Youth and Love

            In Dreams

            The Infinite Shining Heavens

            Whither Must I Wander

            Bright is the Ring of Words

            I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope

The Songs will be interspersed with Readings from the Travels and Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson

Piers Burton-Page worked for BBC Radio 3 as studio manager, producer, presenter and editor for over 30 years. Since leaving the BBC staff in 2002, he continued in those roles as an occasional freelance for another dozen years, while also writing and lecturing on musical subjects. He wrote the first biography of Sir Malcolm Arnold, as well as an account of the first 50 years of the Allegri Quartet. Always interested in the combination of words and music, he has devised and performed entertainments such as Bring me the Head of Herr HaydnBritten on the Couch, and Going under with Glenn Gould. He is currently wondering whether to risk writing his first novel, Monsieur Jugolo, about Napoleon and music. Prospective publishers are welcome to get in touch ....

Michael Hodges was born in Hertfordshire and educated in Sussex and Yorkshire. He learned the piano from the age of five and the organ from eleven becoming a parish church choirmaster and organist at sixteen. He studied music at Durham where he was organ scholar at University College. Michael subsequently studied singing at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and sang bass with the BBC Symphony Chorus 1978 - 1986. From 1981 - 1996 he directed the Nonsuch Singers of London. As an organist he has played at most English cathedrals and many London churches and after a professional career in banking, now freelances as Organist, Pianist and Choral Conductor. 

Stuart Raeburn has sung in Opera Groups in and around London in roles which have included Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Basilio and Curzio (Marriage of Figaro), Arbace (Idomeneo), Tamino (Magic Flute), Riccardo (Un ballo in Mascera) and Colonel Fairfax (Yeoman of the Guard). He has given recitals in a number of Churches and other venues around London and the South East. He has performed songs by Gerald Finzi, Vaughan-Williams, Schumann, Schubert and Roger Quilter and many other composers including English Lute Song composers from around 1600.