SHAKESPEARE’S GARLAND: A medley of song settings from the plays (Nicola Harrison and Guy Newbery)
[Friday, 7th August 2015 Pichette Auditorium, 8.30 p.m.]. For full programme notes, click here:
When Daisies Pied – Thomas Arne (1710-1778) — Love’s Labours Lost
The Poor Soul Sat Sighing – The Willow Song – Stuart Findlay (1886-1957) – Othello
Come Away Death – Roger Quilter (1877-1953) – Twelfth Night
She Never Told Her Love – Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – Twelfth Night
It was a Lover and His Lass – Thomas Morley (1557-1602) – As You Like It
INTERLUDE: Shakespeare’s Garland – Charles Dibden (1745-1814)
How Should I Your True Love Know? – Roger Quilter (1877-1953) – Hamlet
Blow Thou Winter Wind – Frank Bridge (1879-1941) – As You Like It
Take O Take Those Lips Away – Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) – Measure for Measure
Orpheus With His Lute – Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) – Henry VIII
Nicola Harrison mezzo-soprano is a Classically-trained singer, author and lecturer
who has previously written for Radio 4, national newspapers and The Singer and Classical Music Magazines. She is the author of The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song and is Lecturer in Song & Interpretation at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, where she specialises in the Interpretation of English Song Text. She is a vocal technique coach and trains young professional singers many of whom have gone to the top of their profession. She was the Vocal Coach for Billy Elliot the Musical where she was the vocal coach for five years.
Nicola also teaches University Lecturers and teachers in vocal presentation skills with modules at Westminster College of Education, Oxford Brookes University, and retrains damaged voices. She is the writer and director of the Spanish show Margarita y la Casa del Amor which has won acclaim for its innovative approach to music and meaning and is touring the UK after appearing in London’s West End last Autumn.
Dr Guy Newbery read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, studying Composition with John Joubert and piano with Denis Matthews and Audrey Innes. He later studied with Jonathan Harvey, and completed a doctorate in Composition at Durham University where his composition teacher was John Casken. His works have been performed by leading musicians and ensembles including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Singers, Chamber Group of Scotland and Jane’s Minstrels, and he has written works for Magdalen College Choir and Oxford University Sinfonietta.
As a pianist, he is chiefly involved with solo song and instrumental music and has supported countless students in recitals as well as masterclasses with artists from Thomas Allen to Maxim Vengerov. He retains a strong interest in new music and is a founder member of Oxford University’s contemporary music group.
Guy has held a Lecturership in Music at Pembroke College since 1995.