The 2019 Temple Song series will begin on 14 February with a special programme devised to mark St Valentine’s Day. A selection of beautiful love songs – Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 and Op. 65 and Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder Op. 138 – will be performed by a quartet of exceptional young singers: Gemma Summerfield (soprano) Fleur Barron (mezzo-soprano) James Way (tenor) and Julien van Mellaerts (baritone).
The performance will take place in the glorious acoustic of the 12th century Temple Church, one of the most beautiful and historic churches in London. The Church offers a warm and intimate setting in which to hear these outstanding young singers, performing love songs, by great composers, that have stood the test of time. The Church itself is nestled within the secret gardens and cobbled streets of the Temple, an oasis of calm within the heart of London, and just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fleet Street.
At the piano will be Stacey Bartsch and world-renowned song repertoire expert and Temple Song founder, Julius Drake. Since founding the series in 2006, Drake has welcomed a number of outstanding artists to Temple Song, such as Olaf Bär, Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott, Christoph Pregardien, Ian Bostridge, Simon Keenlyside, Sergei Leiferkus, Gerald Finley, Willard White, Robert Holl, Danielle De Niese and Ann Sofie Von Otter.
Later in the 2019 series, Drake will be joined by such esteemed vocalists as Nicky Spence (tenor) and Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano) who will perform dramatic Czech songs (7 May); Roderick Williams (baritone) and Sofia Fomina (soprano) for a collection of Rachmaninov’s marvellous songs (4 July); and, bringing the 2019 series to a close, one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos, Sarah Connolly CBE (25 November).
Drake also explores the special partnership between singer and pianist in a masterclass with students from the Guildhall on 22 January.
The Temple Song series is promoted by the Temple Music Foundation, which offers world-class music making in the heart of the Temple, London. Temple Music prides itself on the exceptional quality of the music, musicians and awe-inspiring, historic venues it brings together for its audience.