St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Iria Perestrelo – soprano, Isabel Calado – piano

Tuesday, 30 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Iria Perestrelo – soprano, Isabel Calado – piano

A L Moreira

Moda do Zabumba

A J da Silva

De mim já se não lembra

M Portugal

Fui-me confessar

J de Mesquita

Moda do Londu

J F Leal

Diz amor que te fiz eu

Nasci para ser infeliz

O prazer que sinto na alma

Lundum: Menina você que tem?

Lundum: Esta noite

Anonymous

Fado Amante; Fado Serenata; Fado de Lisboa

J Palomino

Moda da Copa das Caldas

M Portugal

Se dos males

Raivas Gostosas

Programme Note
Portuguese musical repertoire from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century is rich, interesting, rarely performed and recordings on disc are scarce. In this concert we will perform a selection of works by Portuguese composers and poets ranging through different musical styles: from early music to classical music, fado, religious and folk music. We will make an historical presentation of the repertoire, an explanation of the meaning of the texts and its historical and sociological context aiming at a better understanding not only of the repertoire but overall of the Portuguese Culture.

Portuguese soprano Iria Perestrelo completed a Masters in Historical Performance and a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with scholarships from numerous institutions. Iria was a regular soloist with the Guildhall Baroque Orchestra, having performed at such venues as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St George's Hanover Square (London Handel Festival), Brighton Early Music Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Finchcocks and Hatchlands Historical Museums, Farnham Castle (with Prince and Pauper Consort).

In 2010 Iria was awarded the prize Jovens Criadores - Instituto Português da Juventude for her performance of Francisco Col Garcia' Óxido, Op. 9 at Wigmore Hall. In June 2012 she won the Audience Prize at Concurso de Canto Lírico da Fundação Rotária Portuguesa in Lisbon. Operatic experience includes Susanna, Adele - Fledermaus (Teatr Wielki, Warsaw), Gingerbread Woman - Village Romeo & Juliet, L'Arlesiana chorus (Wexford Festival), Moth - Midsummer Night's Dream (Barbican) Zerlina, Despina (Zêzere Arts Portugal), Zerlina (Humanitas Opera), Cis - Albert Herring (Silk Street Theatre), Sister Genovieffa (New London Opera Players), Gazela in Filipe Pires' Os Zoocratas (Teatro Rivoli and TNSC Portugal), 1st maid in the staged production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, National Theatre (d. Sir Jonathan Miller), at Grange Park Opera chorus Eugene Onegin, Puritani and Fiddler on the Roof. With the Choir of Enlightenment she sang at the Proms 2015 under Marin Alsop, and in 2014 Haydn's Creation with Sir Simon Rattle.

Isabel Calado is a Portuguese historical keyboards player. She performs regularly on the harpsichord, the clavichord and the fortepiano both as a solo player and basso continuo player in chamber music groups and orchestras in Europe, America and Asia. She is not only a regular solo and basso continuo player with orchestras, such as Orquestra do Norte, Portugal, Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal and Nagoya Baroque Orchestra, Japan but also a conductor of orchestras and chamber music groups.

Isabel researches 18th, 19th and early 20th century Portuguese musical sources and writes the necessary musical adaptations as well as completing the missing parts. She currently teaches Harpsichord and Basso Continuo at Conservatório de Música do Porto, Portugal. She has given harpsichord and chamber music masterclasses in Japan every year since 2015. She completed her musical studies in Portugal: the harpsichord degree at Conservatório de Música do Porto (the same school where she now teaches), the superior degree in Music at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Master in Music Teaching at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and PhD in Musicology at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas de Lisboa - Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

She received the merit prize of Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa in 2005. Her discography includes the following recordings: Sonatas by D. Scarlatti played at the original Antunes, the 18th century Portuguese Harpsichord displayed at the music museum in Lisbon (the recording is part of the international project: Scarlatti Marathon); Prussian Sonatas by C. P. E. Bach; selected works by F. Couperin; four harpsichord Suites by J. B. de Boismortier; works by 18th century Portuguese composers on the clavichord; and popular Portuguese songs on the fortepiano and with the singer Márcio da Rosa.

Portuguese soprano Iria Perestrelo completed a Masters in Historical Performance and a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with scholarships from numerous institutions. Iria is a prizewinner of several competitions and sings regularly in Operas and chamber music concerts in several European countries. Isabel Calado is a Portuguese historical keyboards player. She performs regularly on the harpsichord, the clavichord and the fortepiano both as a solo player and basso continuo player in chamber music groups and orchestras in Europe, America and Asia. Isabel researches 18th, 19th and early 20th century Portuguese musical sources and writes the necessary musical adaptations as well as completing the missing parts.

Portuguese musical repertoire from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century is rich, interesting, rarely performed and recordings on disc are scarce. In this concert we will perform a selection of works by Portuguese composers and poets ranging through different musical styles: from early music to classical music, fado, religious and folk music. We will make an historical presentation of the repertoire, an explanation of the meaning of the texts and its historical and sociological context aiming at a better understanding not only of the repertoire but overall of the Portuguese Culture.