London Song Festival is offering tickets to three of its November concerts featuring British music to BMS members at the concessionary rate of £15.
The theme of this year’s London Song Festival is ‘Friends and Lovers’. Each concert paints an intimate and revealing portrait of a close relationship, whether romantic or purely friendship, between a poet and a composer.
All concerts are taking place at the Hinde Street Methodist church in central London
Association of English Singers and Speakers prize winners’ concert
Saturday 12 November
The London Song Festival is delighted to continue its collaboration with the Association of English Singers and Speakers, and this concert features the winners of four of their competitions: The concert will also feature the winning songs from the 2022 Composers’ Prize, written by Sam Meredith, James Williams and Piers Connor Kennedy.
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs and Walter de la Mare
Friday 18 November
The unjustly neglected English composer Cecil Armstrong Gibbs was awarded a commission to write a school play for Wick School in Brighton in 1919 and asked Walter de la Mare to write the text. This led to a life-long friendship between composer and poet that resulted in 38 songs, the best-known being Silver.
Benjamin Britten and W H Auden
Friday 9 December
Benjamin Britten and W H Auden’s relationship flourished on a musical level, resulting in numerous songs, many of which were written as direct responses to the emotional tensions both men experienced on a personal level.
Book your tickets online and select the concessionary rate when selecting your tickets: https://www.londonsongfestival.org/concerts-1/