The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 24 Oct 2022, 7.30pm


Blackheath Presents: Gemma Summerfield, Gareth Brynmor John, Abi Hyde-Smith & Jocelyn Freeman

70 minutes
The Hearn Recital Room
Took place on Mon 24 Oct 2022, 7.30pm

Award-winning singers Gemma Summerfield (soprano) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone) join talented cellist Abi Hyde-Smith and pianist Jocelyn Freeman for an evening of chamber music and song.

This concert includes the world-premiere of a new arrangement of Benjamin Britten’s The Poet’s Echo for soprano, cello and piano alongside works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, in honour of the 185th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin, the grandfather of Russian literature.

Full programme:

Dmitry Shostakovich Four Romances Op. 46; Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 42
Sergei Prokofiev Three Romances after Pushkin Op. 73
Arr. Benjamin Britten Folksong Arrangements
Igor Stravinsky Deux Poèmes de Paul Verlaine Op. 9
Benjamin Britten The Poet’s Echo arr. Freeman/Hyde-Smith

There will also be an interval talk with Phillip Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford.

SongEasel Icons and Legends 2022 Series celebrates a notorious dinner meeting in Paris in May 1922 that included Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev.