Marion Wilmann – mezzo-soprano
Paul Ellis-Howe – piano

Friday 21st June, 2024, at 1:15 pm

Retiring Collection

The Programme

Marion Wilmann – mezzo-soprano
Paul Ellis-Howe – piano

George Frideric Handel

Eternal source of light divine

Henry Purcell

Music for a while

George Frideric Handel

O thou bright sun – With darkness deep

O worse than death indeed – Angels ever bright and fair

Henry Purcell

Sweeter than roses

George Frideric Handel

Lusinghe piu care

Henry Purcell

If music be the food of love

The Artists

Marion Wilmann sings, and has performed, a wide range of repertoire including operatic roles, Cantata solos and art songs. She has performed in major concert halls throughout the UK and abroad including Sudan. Paul Ellis-Howe is a London-based pianist, arranger, teacher and examiner. He is particularly interested in working with other musicians as chamber music partners and accompanying singers. Marion and Paul became professionally acquainted through their membership of the London Art Song Group, Serenata, where Marion regularly performs and Paul is Artistic Director. They enjoy performing not only works from the standard repertoire but also the music of long-forgotten and often overlooked composers.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Handel was a German-British Baroque composer well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, concerti grosso, and organ concertos. Handel received his training in Halle, working as a composer in Hamburg and Italy before settling in London in 1712, where he spent the bulk of his career and became a naturalised British subject in 1727. He was strongly influenced both by the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition and by composers of the Italian Baroque. In turn, Handel’s music forms one of the peaks of the ‘high baroque’ style, bringing Italian opera to its highest development, creating the genres of English oratorio and organ concerto, and introducing a new style into English church music. He is consistently recognized as one of the greatest composers of his age.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Purcell was the most important English composer of the middle Baroque period, most remembered for his numerous songs, his tragic opera, Dido and Aeneas, and his incidental music to a version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream called The Fairy Queen. In all genres of his compositions he showed an obvious admiration for the past combined with a willingness to learn from the present, particularly from his contemporaries in Italy. His inventiveness and originality makes him the most notable English composer of his time as well as one of the most original in Europe.

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