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Join us for a Chamber Music concert in the Kettle’s Yard House featuring Gweneth-Ann Rand and Simon Lepper.
£20 (£5 students), booking recommended
Subscription tickets: £190 (£65 students), valid for all 15 concerts
Arnold Schoenberg: Four Songs Op.2
George Crumb: Three Early Songs (Night; Let it be Forgotten; Wind Elegy)
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs
Florence B. Price: Night; My Dream; Song to the Dark Virgin
Please note this programme is subject to change
English soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand was a Royal Opera Young Artist 2001–03, during which period her Royal Opera roles included Ines (Il trovatore), Second Maid (Daphne), Rooster (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Fourth Maid (Elektra). She has since returned to sing in the world premiere of 4.48 Psychosis for The Royal Opera, River Woman (Heart of Darkness, world premiere) for ROH2 and in Hot House for the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation department.
Rand was born in Northampton and studied at the University of Exeter, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Engagements include Aida for English National Opera, Opera Holland Park, Theater Bremen, Oper Kiel, Finnish National Opera, Macedonian Opera, Opera Poznan and in Oldenburg, Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) for London Lyric Opera, Leonora (La forza del destino) for Chelsea Opera Group and in Cologne, Leonora (Il trovatore) for Welsh National Opera, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) and Margherita and Elena (Mefistofele) for Theater Erfurt, Tosca for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) and the title roles in La Gioconda and La Wally for Opera Holland Park.
Rand represented England in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She performs in concert internationally, in repertory including Harawi and Poèmes pour Mi. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2001 in Serenade to Music and has since returned to sing roles including Gutrune (Götterdämmerung).
Simon Lepper read music at King’s College, Cambridge before studying piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music and later with Ruben Lifschitz at the Fondation Royaumont. He is a currently professor of collaborative piano and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also in charge of the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; recital tours with Stéphane Degout which have included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals and the opera houses of Bordeaux, Dijon, La Monnaie, Lausanne and Lyon; recitals at Carnegie Hall, New York with Karen Cargill and Sally Matthews and at the Frick Collection with Christopher Purves; performances of the Schubert song cycles with Gerald Finley and Mark Padmore including at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems, recitals with Christiane Karg at Frankfurt Opera and the Rheingau Fesitval and recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager in Verbier and at the Wigmore Hall.
He has presented an all Schubert programme with Ilker Arcayürek in Barcelona, Zürich, New York (Park Armory), San Francisco and at the Wigmore Hall where further appearances have included recitals with Dame Felicity Palmer, Karen Cargill, Sally Matthews and Mark Padmore. With Benjamin Appl he toured to India including recitals in Mumbai and Chennai and gave the opening performance for the highest concert hall in the world in Shenzhen with Aida Garifulina. Future highlights include a European tour with Stéphane Degout, a performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Gerald Finley and recitals with Christiane Kary and with Ilker Arcayürek at the Hohenhems and Schwarzenverg Schubertiade.
This event will take place in the extension of the House which is accessible, with some limitations. The upper part of the ground floor extension area of the House is accessible for wheelchair users, and if you call in advance or ask at the information desk we can reserve an accessible seat for you.
Please note that we will be following the latest recommended government and university guidance for Covid-19.
We are not able to provide socially distanced seating. We advise ticket holders to wear a face covering. We will keep a close eye on the latest guidance and will update ticket holders if there are changes. If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19 you will be offered a refund. We recommend you take a Lateral Flow Test before attending a concert.
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If we have to cancel a concert due to Covid-19, a full refund will be issued.
Image: Gweneth-Ann Rand, photo: Christa Holka