Los Nacimientos: Tom Randle, Gillian Keith and dotdotdot dance

Venue Great Hall

Running time 90

Artists: Gillian Keith soprano, Tom Randle tenor, Richard Tunnicliffe cello, Joanna MacGregor piano, dotdotdot dance


Central Rake (Downstairs) £20 | Students and U16 £10

Bench Seat (Balcony or Downstairs) £15 | Students and U16 £7.50

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Next date 4th August 7:45 pm

About this event

A terrific opening night concert to the second week of Dartington Festival, featuring two of the world’s most exciting singers: US-born tenor Tom Randle and Canadian soprano Gillian Keith.

The Bach theme running through this week is saluted by a performance of Villa Lobos’s gorgeous Bachianas Brasileiras no.5 for soprano, ending the first half with a dash of Rio de Janeiro. Before that a tour around Latin culture, in luscious, romantic song: Argentine Santa Fe (Guastavino) and La Plata (Golijov), as well as Buenos Aries (Piazzolla) Mexico (Carrillo) and Barcelona (Mompou).

Tom Randle’s song cycle Los Nacimientos melds together spectacular, flamenco-infused choreography, spoken text and creative imagery, reflecting the power and sensuality of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This captivating theatrical interpretation of some of his most evocative and vibrant poems brings together Gillian Keith, Joanna MacGregor and Barcelona-based dancers of dotdotdot dance.

Guastavino Encantamiento
Carrillo Juanito; La Ofrenda del Trovador; Bailecito cantado
Mompou Caçons y danse no.6
Osvaldo Golijov Levante
Piazzolla Los Pájaros Perdidos: Jacinto Chiclana
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras no.5
Tom Randle Los Naciementos

Made For Dartington

Don’t miss:
Tom Randle and Gillian Keith in Ballades, Blues & Broadway on 8 August
Countertenor Andrew Watts in recital on 9 August
Tom Randle, Gillian Keith and Andrew Watts in Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 10 August

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.


Hear 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.


dot dot dot dance use flamenco as a medium to create innovative dance that challenges conventional perceptions, exploring how traditional flamenco can be expressed in a contemporary context.


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.


Listen to Joanna’s YouTube channel here

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