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25 February 2016, 8pm, at the Old Divinity School

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op.39
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Schumann: Dichterliebe

“This is an exceptionally fine performance on the part of both singer and pianist.”


James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full time career in music in 1996.  He enjoys a busy international career as a concert singer, recitalist and recording artist, working with many major conductors and orchestras.

James enjoys successful recital partnerships with accompanists Anna Tilbrook, Julius Drake and harpist Alison Nicholls. His many critically-acclaimed recordings include Die Schöne Mullerin, Schwanengesang and Winterreise for Orchid, title role Albert Herring and Vaughan William’s A Poisoned Kiss for Chandos and On Wenlock Edge, Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten’s Winter Words for Linn.

Engagements in 2014/2015 include Messiah with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr, a European tour of Christmas Oratorio with Windsbacher Knabenchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, an Easter tour of St Matthew Passion with Le Concert Lorrain with performances in Oslo, Norway, Luxembourg, Paris and Versailles, Ode to St Cecilia with Norske Kammerorkester, a Schubertiade in Evosges, and a tour of Handel’s Semele with Concerto Köln.

Anna Tilbrook

One of Britain’s most exciting pianists, Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Mark Padmore, Sarah Tynan, Victoria Simmonds, Emma Bell, Barbara Hannigan, Willard White, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein and the Fitzwilliam, Sacconi, Elias, Coull, Puertas and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts.

Recent performances include the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square, Leicester International Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Oxford Lieder, Three  Choirs,  Alte Oper Frankfurt, Teatro Romano (Tuscany), Anima Mundi (Pisa), Wroclaw Cantans, Perth Schubertiad.

Anna and James Gilchrist have worked together since 1997 and have made a series of  highly praised recordings of English song for Linn Records, including Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge (finalist in Gramophone awards 2008), Finzi song cycles, My Beloved is Mine (the Song Cycles of Benjamin Britten) and for Chandos the songs of Lennox Berkeley. For Orchid they have made critically acclaimed recordings of the Schubert Song Cycles. Die Schone Mullerin, (selected as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone) , Schwanengesang with Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte and Winterreise which BBC Music Magazine chose as their disc of the month for their 2011 Christmas edition.

She also regularly coaches the Young Artists at the Royal Opera House and in June 2011 repetiteured for and played in the performances and recording of Britten’s Rape of Lucretia for the Aldeburgh Festival in Snape, Amsterdam and Luxembourg with a cast featuring Angelika Kirckschlager & Ian Bostridge conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Anna studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music where she was made an Associate in 2009.

Future performances include a series of concerts at St John’s Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall and recitals in Winchester, Cheltenham, Lyon and Carnegie Hall, New York.