Art Song Series

The Children’s Hour: Songs before Sleep

Songs before Sleep - Richard Rodney Bennett

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Last Show: Wednesday 6 th March 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Songs by Brahms, Howells, Ives, Lehmann, Loewe, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Stanford and Warlock. Winner of the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John (“Gareth Brynmor John’s clarity, warmth and even spread held us gripped from the beginning” - The Times) studied at the Royal Academy of Music where, in his final year, he won the Royal Academy of Music Patrons’ Award. He and William Vann (“immaculate, imaginative pianism” - Musical Opinion) - recorded this recital for Champs Hill Records in 2018. An enthralling collection of songs for and about children, we travel through a magic world of fairy tales, adventures, nursery rhymes and lullabies. The culmination of the programme is Richard Rodney Bennett’s stunning Songs before Sleep, a decidedly grown-up set of musings on the world of children.


Gareth John (baritone)

William Vann (piano)