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30 January 2020, 8pm (doors at 7.30pm)

Winner of the Maureen Forrester Prize and the German Lied Award at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal, Julien Van Mellaerts studied at the University of Otago, before joining the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music.

“…the baritone Julien Van Mellaerts brings the songs to life with warmth and wit.”

– The Times

Simon Lepper read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

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Programme

Selected for this year’s Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Van Mellaerts’ varied programme includes Mahler’s Rückert- Lieder, Strauss’ Morgen & Cäcilie, Britten’s folksong arrangements and songs from Schubert to Cole Porter.

About Julien Van Mellaerts

Winner of the Maureen Forrester Prize and the German Lied Award at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal, Winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall / Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Arts Award, British / New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts studied at the University of Otago, before joining the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music.

Highlights of 2017 / 2018 included performances with Julius Drake at the Wigmore Hall, the Enniskillen International Beckett Festival and the Juan March Foundation, Madrid, The Referee Mozart vs Machine for Mahogany Opera Group, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos for Longborough Festival Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin for Cambridge Philharmonic Society, Mr Fezziwigin the premiere of Will Todd’s A Christmas Carol for Opera Holland Park, Vaughan Williams Hodie with The London Chorus at Cadogan Hall, recitals for Leeds Lieder, Lewes Festival of Song and the London Song Festival and Elizabeth with the Royal Ballet at the Barbican Hall.

During 2018 / 2019, he toured with James Baillieu for Chamber Music New Zealand. His current engagements additionally include further recitals with Julius Drake at the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin and at Temple Song, London, Britten War Requiem in Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals, Copland Old American Songs with the Joensuu City Orchestra, Messiah with the Orchestra of St John’s, Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen on tour with the Israel Camerata and with the Orion Orchestra, A Heine Liederkreis at Oxford Lieder 2018, A Sea Symphony with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Concert at the Wigmore Hall, recitals with Simon Lepper for the Canterbury Music Club and the Lied Festival Victoria de los Ángeles (LIFE Victoria), Barcelona, and with Richard Fu at Paul Hall, New York City.

About Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper read music at King’s College Cambridge. He is a professor of collaborative piano at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the collaborative piano course. Since 2003 he has been an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

Recent performance highlights include an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with baritone Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill. 

Simon has also appeared at the Wigmore Hall with violinist Carolin Widmann, with whom he has given recitals in Amsterdam, Paris, Salzburg, Cologne and Madrid and recorded for ECM – Phantasy of Spring, contemporary works, including Feldman, Zimmerman and Xenakis – which received a Diapason d’Or and the German Critics Award. More recently he recorded a disc of Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven with violinist Ji-Hae Park (Universal records).