Songs Before Sleep

Sunday 8 July, 7.30pm
The Old Divinity School, St John’s College
By kind permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College

Ashley Riches  bass-baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Radio 3 New Generation artist Ashley Riches is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton for this luscious recital of songs on a theme of night and visions, to include works by Schubert, Gounod, Duparc, Saint Saens, Debussy and Barber. The programme also features the world premiere of two pieces by composer Kate Whitely – settings of poems by Julia Copus, Love, like water and In defence of adultery – and finishes with Richard Rodney Bennett’s Songs before Sleep, using texts taken from the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes.

Pianist Joseph Middleton specialises in the art of song accompaniment and has been described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘one of the brightest stars in the world of song and Lieder’.

Ashley Riches studied at Cambridge University where he was a member of King’s College Choir. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House.

Kate Whitley’s pieces have been co-commissioned by Cambridge Summer Music, the BBC and the Royal Philharmonic Society. This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on 10 July at 7.30pm

Ashley Riches Website    Joseph Middleton Website

TicketsSpecial Offer: Tickets for Ashley Riches will be available on the door for £5.





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