St Bride's: Music - Stuart Raeburn – tenor, David Elwin – piano<br />Julia Raeburn – narrator

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Stuart Raeburn – tenor, David Elwin – piano
Julia Raeburn – narrator

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

Stuart Raeburn – tenor, David Elwin – piano<br />Julia Raeburn – narrator

Roger Quilter - The man and his music

Narrative by Stuart Raeburn with acknowledgements and thanks to Valerie Langfield's biography of Quilter

3 Sea Songs op. 1 (words by Quilter)

The Sea Bird


By the Sea

Now sleeps the crimson petal (words by Tennyson)

From 'To Julia' (words by Herrick) interspersed by Herrick's poetry

Prelude - Piano Solo

The Bracelet

The Maiden Blush

To Daisies

The Night Piece

Songs from the Arnold Book of Old Songs (arr. Quilter)

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms (Irish - words by Thomas Moore)

The Ash Grove (Welsh - words by Rodney Bennett)

Ye Banks and Braes o' bonnie Doon (Scottish - words by Robert Burns)

Drink to me only with thine eyes (English - words by Ben Jonson)

Fear no more the heat o' the sun (Shakespeare  - Cymbeline)

Oh Mistress Mine (Shakespeare - Twelfth Night)

Stuart Raeburn has sung with a number of London based Opera Groups. His roles have included Tamino (Magic Flute), Ferrando (Cosi), Basilio/Curzio (Figaro) as well as Gustavus (Masked Ball), Pylades (Iphigenie en Tauride), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Arbace (Idomeneo), and Colonel Fairfax in Sullivan's 'The Yeoman of the Guard. He has given recitals in a number of Churches and other venues in and around London and elsewhere, including the songs of Vaughan Williams, Finzi and Quilter as well as those of Mozart, Haydn and Schumann. Stuart has also sung in Oratorio performances including works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Honegger. Whilst singing with the BBC Symphony Chorus he and fellow choristers founded the Nonsuch Singers. He has studied with Denis Dowling, Brian Galloway, Neil Jenkins and now with Ian Kennedy.

David Elwin studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Jean Harvey and Max Pirani. His first professional work was in music staff positions with the Royal and subsequently English National Ballet Companies. He subsequently pursued a freelance career and now combines activities as an accompanist, duo partner and soloist, and works as coach to singers and instrumentalists. He was for eight years repetiteur with the distinguished husband and wife voice trainers Audrey Langford and Andrew Field, working with a distinguished roster of singers including Joan Rogers, Susan Bullock, Martyn Hill and Stephen Varcoe. David has worked as repetiteur and performer with numerous semi-professional opera companies. In 2001 he was official accompanist for the inaugural London Lieder Group Prize for Lieder Performance. He has wide experience as a choral accompanist, including work with several London-based choral groups.

Julia Raeburn studied flute through the Royal College of Music, and gained a music degree at Durham University. In her final year at Durham, she was awarded the distinguished Eva Myra Kisch Prize - previous recipients including Ralph Allwood of Eton Choral Course fame. As a flautist, Julia's work has included solo recitals, playing for BBC Radio 4's Daily Service, opera orchestras, ballet company Ballet Creations, and founding the Four Fab Flutes quartet. Julia's work as a singer included ten years with the professional Chapel Choir of the prestigious Royal Hospital Chelsea, opera and oratorio solo work, premiering contemporary works for soprano and chamber ensemble at the Fairfield Halls Croydon, and founding the light-music trio/duo Natural Blush. Julia performed as flautist and recorder-player for a new children's musical Azincourt at the Edinburgh Fringe. Julia's most extraordinary 'gig' in the early music sphere was playing/singing Tudor music for a Tudor task in the Big Brother house!

Stuart Raeburn has spent his career juggling the roles of 'Accountant', and singing as a Tenor with various choirs and a soloist in Opera, Oratorio and Recitals in and around London. He currently studies with Ian Kennedy. David Elwin is a freelance pianist living in London. Starting with the Royal Ballet, he went on to expand his activities into partnering with singers and instrumentalists, and working extensively with choral groups. He now accompanies, works in chamber music, and gives solo recitals. Julia Raeburn trained as flautist and singer, with a music degree from Durham University. She has considerable experience in Acting/Narration, loving to be in performances where music, poetry and background information are combined to enrich the audiences' experience.