Jessica Summers – soprano Jelena Makarova – piano

Friday 19th November, 2021, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Living Songs is an ongoing performance project that showcases songs composed in the 21st century alongside classical song repertoire.

R Holloway

Tender Only to One (1968/9)
Poet: Stevie Smith (1902-71)
1. The Abominable Lake
2. Nor We to Her of Him
3. Tender Only to One
4. So to Fatness Come

B Britten

Bonny at Morn (Northumbrian folksong)
I was lonely and forlorn (Welsh folksong)
O Waly, Waly (Somerset folksong)

M Cryne

Poet: Elizabeth Drew Stoddard (1823-1902)
In the Still, Star-lit Night (2019)

B Britten

solo piano
Night Piece (Notturno) (1963)

W Rihm

Poet: Marina Zwetajewa (1892-1941)
Zwei Gedichte von Marina Zwetajewa (2016)

E Wallen

Poet: Errollyn Wallen
London’s Burning (2006)
Guru (2006)

The Artists

Jessica Summers (soprano) has performed around the UK both in concerts and in opera. An alumna of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme (Contemporary Performance directed by the late Oliver Knussen) and New Vocal Repertory courses (directed by Jane Manning), Jessica has performed twentieth and twenty-first century music in a wide range of venues and festivals including the Three Choirs Festival, Holywell Music Room, Oxford (Pierrot Lunaire), St John’s Smith Square, Brighton Festival, York Late Music Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, Dartington Hall, Ripon Cathedral, Science Museum (London) and the St Martin-in-the-Fields New Music Series. She has sung in several tours for English Touring Opera, for Opera North (Education) and for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Jelena Makarova is an award winning Russian-Lithuanian pianist based in London. She studied at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music, where she participated in masterclasses with Pierre Laurent-Aimard and György Kurtág. She is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York; Mozart’s Konzerthaus, Vienna; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; St. James’s Piccadilly; St John’s Smith Square and St George’s Hall, Bristol. Jelena has also collaborated with the New London Orchestra, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, Baltic Art Form and the Royal Ballet School. She is a co-founding member of Living Songs, Chromatikon collective and Trio Sonorité.

Living Songs was started in 2013 to share the vast wealth of compositional talent from composers living among us today and the songs they are writing. With the exception of a grant in 2019 from the RVW Trust, it is entirely self-funded. So that LIVING SONGS can grow and develop, please consider making a £5 donation on
Twitter: @LivingSongs21

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