London Song Festival’s summer season of concerts is currently under way with a series of four concerts taking place at Hinde Street Church W1.
Due to the continuation of Covid restrictions, social distancing measures will be in operation, temperature checks will be taken on arrival, and masks or face-coverings will be worn at all times when in the venue.
Some of the highlights include a recital on Friday 2 July with an exploration of the songs and the life of Peter Warlock, aka Philip Heseltine, one of the greatest composers of that incredible flowering of English song that took place in the first half of the twentieth century.
Saturday’s event, Killing the Angel is a one-woman play with music that weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries – much of which is out of print and rarely performed.
The final event on Sunday 4 July celebrates the songs of three unsung geniuses. Two are centenary celebrations: Sir Malcolm Arnold, best known for his film music, including The Bridge on the River Kwai for which he won an Oscar, and Peter Wishart.
They are joined in this concert by Geoffrey Bush whose songs rival and in fact surpass any other English song composer of the 20th century in their lyricism and beauty.
Find out more at the London Song Festival website.