St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Katherine Nicholson - mezzo-soprano, and Anyssa Neumann - piano

Tuesday, 10 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Katherine Nicholson - mezzo-soprano, and Anyssa Neumann - pianoKatherine Nicholson - mezzo-soprano, and Anyssa Neumann - piano

Samuel Barber

Hermit Songs, op. 29

At St Patrick's Purgatory; Church Bell at Night

St Ita's Vision; The Heavenly Banquet

The Crucifixion; Sea Snatch

Promiscuity; The Monk and His Cat

The Praises of God; The Desire for Hermitage

Theodore Chanler

Eight Epitaphs

Alice Rodd; Susannah Fry

Three Sisters; Thomas Logge

A Midget; No Voice to Scold

Ann Poverty; Be Very Quiet Now

Aaron Copland

Old American Songs, Set 2

The Little Horses; Zion's Walls

At the River; Ching-A-Ring-Chaw       

Hailing from Suffolk, Katherine Nicholson studied Modern Languages before turning to singing as a career. She sings with many of the UK and Europe's premier music ensembles, regularly appearing with BBC Singers, Collegium Vocale Gent, Polyphony, and Britten Sinfonia Voices, among others. She took part in the creation of the award-winning Bloed en Rozen: The song of Jeanne and Gilles directed by Guy Cassiers at the Toneelhuis Antwerp and in the Cour d'Honneur at the Festival D'Avignon, thereafter touring to Paris and Luxemburg.

Recent ensemble projects included: European tours of Haydn, Schubert and Handel with Collegium Vocale Gent; a rare concert performance of Birtwistle's Yan Tan Tethera and a thrilling version of Reich's Desert Music with Britten Sinfonia;, a recording of Handel's Israel in Egypt with The Kings Consort and the extensive Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals series with the Philharmonia. 2016 will bring performances of Reich's Desert Music, and a return to Pau, France, with the London Bach Players to perform Bach's Easter Oratorio.

Equally at home on the solo platform, recent solo performances include Purcell Ode for St Cecilia 1692, Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, CPE Bach Magnificat, Copland In The Beginning, and Pergolesi and Scarlatti Stabat Mater(s) with the soprano Rachel Ambrose Evans for the Martindale Sidwell Memorial Recital.

www.katherinenicholson.co.uk

Raised in California, American pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the "clarity, charm, and equipoise" of her performances. In December 2010, she released her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev. Recent projects have included all-Bach recitals at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Sacramento Bach Festival (USA), and St James Piccadilly, concerts with the London Chamber Collective, and a concert tour of England with American soprano Rena Harms. Anyssa has appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio, as guest pianist with the Sheba Ensemble, and on NPR's Performance Today and Sirius Satellite Radio.

She has additionally appeared in solo and chamber concerts at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Queen's Gate Terrace, Blackheath Halls, the Holywell Music Room, the Hudson Valley Piano Club (New York), Salle Claude-Champagne (Montréal), and Mazzoleni Hall (Toronto), among others. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Oxford University, Anyssa continued advanced studies with Fabio Bidini in Berlin and Paul Stewart at Université de Montréal, and has participated in master classes with Thomas Adès and Rita Wagner at IMS Prussia Cove. In 2016, she completed a PhD in musicology at King's College London as a recipient of the King's Overseas Research Studentship.

www.anyssaneumann.com

Katherine Nicholson sings with many of the UK and Europe's premier music ensembles, regularly appearing with BBC Singers, Collegium Vocale Gent, Polyphony, and Britten Sinfonia Voices, among others. Recent oratorio roles include Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, Copland 'In The Beginning', and Pergolesi and Scarlatti Stabat Mater(s). Praised for her "rich and glowing" voice, together she and Anyssa have spent 2016 focussing on the rich catalogue of American Art Song, bringing the rarely-heard works of Theodore Chanler to life, along with favourites by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland.

www.katherinenicholson.co.uk

Raised in California, American pianist Anyssa Neumann has been praised for the "clarity, charm, and equipoise" of her performances. In December 2010, she released her solo debut album of works by Bach, Beethoven, Messiaen, and Prokofiev. Recent projects have included all-Bach recitals at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Sacramento Bach Festival (USA), and St James Piccadilly, concerts with the London Chamber Collective, and a concert tour of England with American soprano Rena Harms. Anyssa has appeared as recital partner with Grammy Award-winning cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio of the Eroica Trio, as guest pianist with the Sheba Ensemble, and on NPR's Performance Today and Sirius Satellite Radio.

www.anyssaneumann.com