Ruskin and music

Ruskin and music - 4 August 2019

Michael Berkeley presenter
Jennifer Witton soprano
Jess Dandy contralto
Kieran Rayner baritone
Emily Sun violin
Ashley Fripp piano

7:30pm, Sunday 4 August 2019

St Thomas's Church, Kendal

A £24 B £16 to include interval drinks Allocated Seating

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Supported by the Royal Over-Seas League

DURATION 105’ plus interval

In his bicentenary year, the Sage of Coniston is being remembered worldwide for his roles as a social reformer, revered art critic, a gifted artist and champion of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites, but his interest in music is little known. In this special LDSM event, we will shine a light on this, quoting extensively from Ruskin’s own writings and those of his contemporaries, and illustrating this with music, in the spirit of Michael Berkeley’s popular Radio 3 programme Private Passions. The programme will include a LDSM-commissioned work by William Marshall setting Ruskin’s poetry to music… and music by Ruskin himself, together with Bellini, Berkeley, Mozart, Oakeley, Ravenscroft, Beethoven, Corelli and Mendelssohn.

Present any LDSM 2019 ticket at Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry and get £2 off the combined ticket price (offer valid to 30th Sept). Do not miss the summer exhibition, Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud, opening 12 July.

Present any LDSM 2019 ticket at Brantwood and get £1 off the entry price, to include the exhibition Incandescence: Turner in Venice (offer valid to 9 August).

Event artists
Michael Berkeley

The eldest son of the composer Sir Lennox Berkeley, Michael Berkeley studied composition, singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1977 he was awarded the Guinness Prize for Composition, and two years later he was appointed Associate Composer to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Since then Michael's music has been played all over the globe and by some of the world's finest musicians. read more

Jennifer Witton

Jennifer Witton was awarded the GSMD Gold Medal while studying at the Opera School on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Sarah Pring. She has performed the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and will cover the role during the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival. read more

Jess Dandy

Raised in Barrow, Jess is a graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Guildhall School. In recent seasons she has appeared with the Hallé, Dunedin Consort, Les Arts Florissants, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and in venues including Barbican Hall, King’s College Chapel, Oslo Cathedral, the Pierre Boulez Saal and the Wigmore Hall. read more

Kieran Rayner

Kieran Rayner graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with Distinction in a Postgraduate Diploma of Music and a BA in English Literature, and recently attained an Artist Diploma and a Masters of Performance (Distinction) from the RCM Opera School, studying with Russell Smythe. read more

Emily Sun

Emily Sun studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Robin Wilson and graduated with First Class Honours from the RCM, studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition and was recently named the 2018 ABC Australian Young Performer of the Year. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth Belgium. read more

Ashley Fripp

Ashley Fripp has won over a dozen national and international prizes, including the Hamamatsu (Japan), Birmingham and Leeds International Piano Competitions, the Royal Over-Seas League, the Concours Européen de Piano (France) and the Gold Medal from the Guildhall School, where he studied with Ronan O'Hora and is currently undertaking a doctorate on the piano music of Thomas Adès while studying w read more

William Marshall

William Marshall won the Proms Young Composers’ Competition in 2010 while still at school. In 2011 he gained a place to read music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he studied composition with Robert Saxton and graduated with First Class Honours. At the RNCM he studied composition with Gary Carpenter and Adam Gorb and gained the MMus degree with Distinction in 2016. read more

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