St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Maggie Cooper – soprano, Laetitia Fédérici – piano

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

Maggie Cooper – soprano, Laetitia Fédérici – pianoMaggie Cooper – soprano, Laetitia Fédérici – piano

L Bernstein

I hate music

A big Indian and a little Indian

I'm a person too

S Barber

Nocturne

Rain has fallen

Sure on this shining night

I hear an army

C Ives

Feldeinsamkeit

J Brahms

Feldeinsamkeit

Die Mainacht

Wie melodien zieht es mir

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer

Ständchen

W Walton

3 Songs to Poems by Edith Sitwell

Daphne

Through Gilded Trellises

Old Sir Faulk

Feldeinsamkeit
Ich ruhe still im hohen grünen Gras
Und sende lange meinen Blick nach oben,
Von Grillen rings umschwirrt ohn Unterlaß,
Von Himmelsbläue wundersam umwoben.

Die schönen weiße Wolken ziehn dahin
Durchs tiefe Blau, wie schöne stille Träume;
Mir ist, als ob ich längst gestorben bin
Und ziehe selig mit durch ew'ge Räume.

Alone in fields
I am resting quietly in the tall green grass
And for a long time, I am looking at the sky,
Surrounded by the unceasing whirr of crickets,
Enfolded wondrously by blue sky.

The beautiful white clouds drift by
Through the deep blue, like beautiful silent dreams;
I feel as though I am long dead
And drift blissfully along through eternal space.

Die Mainacht
Wann der silberne Mond durch die Gesträuche blinkt,
Und sein schlummerndes Licht über den Rasen streut,
Und die Nachtigall flötet,

Wandl' ich traurig von Busch zu Busch.
Ueberhüllet von Laub, girret ein Taubenpaar
Sein Entzücken mir vor; aber ich wende mich,
Suche dunklere Schatten
Und die einsame Träne rinnt.

Wann, o lächelndes Bild, welches wie Morgenrot
Durch die Seele mir strahlt, find' ich auf Erden dich?
Und die einsame Träne
Bebt mir heisser die Wang' herab.

Maynight
When the silvery moon beams through the shrubs
And over the grass scatters its slumbering light,
And the nightingale is fluting,
I walk sadly from bush to bush.

Shrouded by foliage, a pair of doves
Coo their delight to me;
But I turn away seeking darker shadows,
And a lonely tear flows down.

When, o smiling vision that like dawn
Shines through my soul, shall I find you on earth?
And the lonely tear flows trembling,
Burning, down my cheek.

Wie melodien zieht es mir
Wie Melodien zieht es
Mir leise durch den Sinn,
Wie Frühlingsblumen blüht es,
Und schwebt wie Duft dahin.

Doch kommt das Wort und faßt es
Und führt es vor das Aug',
Wie Nebelgrau erblaßt es
Und schwindet wie ein Hauch.

Und dennoch ruht im Reime
Verborgen wohl ein Duft,
Den mild aus stillem Keime
Ein feuchtes Auge ruft.

Like Melodies
It moves like a melody,
Gently through my mind;
It blossoms like spring flowers
And drifts away like fragrance.

But when it is captured in words,
And placed before my eyes,
It turns pale like a grey mist
And vanishes like a breath.

And yet, remaining in my rhymes
There hides still a fragrance,
Which mildly from the quiet bud
My moist eyes call forth.

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer
Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer,
Nur wie Schleier liegt mein Kummer
Zitternd über mir.
Oft im Traume hör' ich dich
Rufen drauß vor meiner Tür:
Niemand wacht und öffnet dir,
Ich erwach' und weine bitterlich.

Ja, ich werde sterben müssen,
Eine Andre wirst du küssen,
Wenn ich bleich und kalt.
Eh' die Maienlüfte wehen,
Eh' die Drossel singt im Wald:
Willst du mich noch einmal sehen,
Komm, o komme bald!

Always fainter grows my slumber
Always fainter grows my slumber;
and only like a thin veil does my sorrow
lie trembling upon me.
Often in my dreams I hear you
calling outside my door;
no one wakes to let you in,
and I wake up and weep bitterly.

Yes, I will have to die;
another will you kiss,
when I am pale and cold.
Before the May breezes blow,
before the thrush sings in the forest:
if you wish to see me once more,
come, o come soon!

Ständchen
Der Mond steht über dem Berge,
So recht für verliebte Leut';
Im Garten rieselt ein Brunnen,
Sonst Stille weit und breit.

Neben der Mauer im Schatten,
Da stehn der Studenten drei,
Mit Flöt' und Geig' und Zither,
Und singen und spielen dabei.

Die Klänge schleichen der Schönsten
Sacht in den Traum hinein,
Sie schaut den blonden Geliebten
und lispelt: »Vergiß nicht mein!«

Serenade
The moon hangs over the mountain,
Just right for the people in love.
In the garden trickles a fountain;
Otherwise, it is still far and wide.

By the wall, in shadows,
there stand three students:
with flute and fiddle and zither,
they sing and play there.

The sounds waft up to the loveliest of women,
gently entering her dreams.
She sees on her blond beloved
and whispers: "Forget me not!"

Described by The Times as 'captivating' and What's on Stage as having 'a superb voice, magnetic eyes and stage presence to spare' lyric soprano, Maggie Cooper, was born in London and brought up in Oxford. She is a scholarship graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her most favourite operatic roles include Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly) for Opera Up Close and Mimi (La Boheme) for Longborough Festival Opera YAP. Oratorio experience includes all the major works, ranging from Vivaldi's Gloria to Orff's Carmina Burana and a Great War Oratorio by contemporary composer Christopher Woods. Notably she performed Mozart's C Minor Mass under the baton of the late Sir David Willcocks. She is frequently asked to perform solo recitals in the UK and abroad - the most prestigious event being the opening of Marsa Zayed at which she had the honour of performing to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan. In London she has performed at many leading venues including St Paul's Cathedral, St John's Smith Square, King's Place and Twickenham Rugby Stadium.

Laetitia Fédérici studied in France with Muza Rubackyte and at the Conservatoire of Cergy-Pontoise. She graduated with four Gold Medals in piano, chamber music, music theory and analysis. After obtaining a postgraduate diploma in Performance at Trinity College of Music, she studied piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she received a Master's degree in Music Performance. She took part in the Young Songmakers' Almanac with Graham Johnson, and in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In 2002, she was awarded the first prize (joint) at the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists in London. She has been one of the official accompanists of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Laetitia has performed widely as an accompanist in Europe in venues such as the Purcell Room, the American Church in Paris, the Festival Colla Voce in Poitiers, France and at Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva. She recorded a CD with violinist Survier Flores in 2016. Future and recent projects include piano trio recitals; a piano four hands recital in Paris; a chamber music project based on Brahms, Clara Schumann and Debussy, combining poetry and music for the festival 'Klassik' in Britanny; a song recital on Schumann's 'Dichterliebe' and Vaughan Williams' 'Songs of Travel' and a tour in China with the Trinity Boys Choir. Laetitia is also volunteering for the Candle Project at St. Christopher's Hospice, using music therapy with bereaved children. She is currently teaching piano at the Russell House School in Otford and at Sevenoaks School.

Described by The Times as 'captivating' and by What's on Stage as having 'a superb voice, magnetic eyes and stage presence to spare', lyric soprano Maggie Cooper was born in London and brought up in Oxford. She is a scholarship graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her most favourite operatic roles include Cio Cio San (Madame Butterfly) for Opera Up Close and Mimi (La Boheme) for Longborough Festival Opera YAP. She regularly performs solo recitals in the UK and abroad - the most prestigious event being the opening of Marsa Zayed at which she had the honour of performing to His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan. In London she has performed at many leading venues including St Paul's Cathedral, St John's Smith Square and King's Place.

Laetitia Fédérici studied in France with Muza Rubackyte and at the Conservatoire of Cergy-Pontoise. She graduated with four Gold Medals in piano, chamber music, music theory and analysis. After obtaining a postgraduate diploma in Performance at Trinity College of Music, she studied piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received a Master's degree in Music Performance. In 2002, she was awarded the first prize (joint) at the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists in London. She has been one of the official accompanists of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Laetitia has performed as an accompanist in venues such as the Purcell Room, the American Church in Paris and at Radio Suisse Romande in Geneva.