Ballades, Blues & Broadway: A Century of American Song

Venue Great Hall

Running time 50

Gillian Keith soprano, Tom Randle tenor, Joanna MacGregor piano


Tickets £10 | Students and U16 £5

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Next date 8th August 10:00 pm

About this event

From Aaron Copland’s quintessential American soundscape to the shining lights of Broadway, this concert serves up an intoxicating mix of iconic music, including Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

Join two stars of the opera and concert stage for an elegantly jazzy evening.

Made For Dartington

Tom Randle is one of the world’s leading tenors in opera and in recital. Many roles have been written especially for him, at ENO and ROH; his intense portrayal of Judas in the world première of Birtwistle’s Last Supper under Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin (as well as Glyndebourne) won him outstanding critical acclaim. Tom Randle devotes equal time to an active concert career, singing with the world’s greatest orchestras, and with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davis, Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, and Ivan Fischer. Tom also appeared in the groundbreaking film version of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer for Channel 4, and in Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic Flute. As a composer, his works have been performed in the UK, Europe and the US.

Here Tom rehearsing Handel here

Originally from Toronto, Canada, now living in London, Gillian Keith has emerged as one of the leading lyric sopranos of the 21st century. Her superb voice and musicianship are at home both on the opera stage and on the concert platform‚ making her one of the most stylish and versatile artists of her generation. A past winner of both the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award and the ROSL Singing Prize, and a distinguished graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, soprano Gillian Keith made her Royal Opera‚ Covent Garden debut in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Her concert repertoire is wide and varied, and has taken her to some of the most prestigious stages around the world, including the BBC Proms, Boston Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bregenz Festival, Edinburgh Festival and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator, and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna MacGregor is also the Artistic Director of Dartington International Summer School & Festival.
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