St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Ben Vonberg-Clark – tenor, and Iestyn Evans – piano

Friday, 3 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Ben Vonberg-Clark – tenor, and Iestyn Evans – pianoBen Vonberg-Clark – tenor, and Iestyn Evans – piano

Britten

On this Island

Let the florid music praise!

Now the leaves are falling fast

Seascape

Nocturne

As it is, plenty

Tchaikovsky

Nightingale

Poulenc

Tel Jour Telle Nuit

1. Bonne journée

2. Une ruine coquille vide

3. Le front comme un drapeau perdu

7. Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer

9. Nous avons fait la nuit

Britten

Canticle I - My Beloved is Mine

Ben Vonberg-Clark is a tenor and conductor. He studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he was the Morag Noble scholar, and previously studied Music and German in Durham, Vienna and at King's College, London. He has recently performed in Nick Drake's play All the Angels in the Globe Theatre. Solo highlights include singing the Evangelist in Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in King's Place, the Swan in Orff's Carmina Burana, Jennik in Smetana's Bartered Bride, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute, Flute and Lysander in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea. He is a keen proponent of English Song and Lieder, and has performed Finzi's Dies Natalis, Schumann's Dichterliebe and Britten's Winter Words in recital. He has sung in numerous masterclasses, most recently taken by tenor James Gilchrist and Sir Thomas Allen. He is currently taught by Nicky Spence and Alison Wells.

As a conductor, Ben leads choral and singing workshops around the world, recently having led sessions on singing technique and breathing in YK Pao School, Shanghai and a singing day in Britten's Red House. He directs the singing outreach programme for Westminster Cathedral, and conducts a choral society and the children's choirs of St. John the Divine, Kennington. He has sung with the Sixteen, Tenebrae and Stile Antico, among others.

Iestyn Evans is Director of Music at St James's, Spanish Place, one of London's foremost Catholic churches, and at St Botolph without Bishopsgate in the city. In addition to this, Iestyn is school organist at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, one of the country's leading state schools, and for many years conducted the school orchestra in performances of works including Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, Borodin's Second Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Sibelius's Fifth Symphony. He has also directed performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Britten's Noye's Fludde.

Iestyn regularly performs as a soloist and accompanist in the UK and internationally, at venues which have included St John's Smith Square, Notre-Dame de Paris, St Patrick's, New York, Brussels Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, Stephansdom, Vienna and St Peter's, Rome. His discography includes three CDs by the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School as well as recordings of works by Georg Schumann, a recording with the choir of St Etheldreda's and a recently released solo CD recorded at St James's.

He read music at The Queen's College, Oxford where he was organ scholar and studied with David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music. Past appointments have included organ scholarships at Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St David's Cathedral, and seven years as Organist of St Etheldreda's, Ely Place.

Ben Vonberg-Clark is a tenor and conductor. He studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire where he was the Morag Noble scholar, and previously studied Music and German in Durham, Vienna and at King's College, London. He has recently performed in Nick Drake's play All the Angels in the Globe Theatre. As a conductor, Ben leads choral and singing workshops around the world, recently having led sessions on singing technique and breathing in YK Pao School, Shanghai and a singing day in Britten's Red House.

Iestyn Evans is Director of Music at St James's, Spanish Place, one of London's foremost Catholic churches, and at St Botolph without Bishopsgate in the City. Iestyn regularly performs as a soloist and accompanist in the UK and internationally, at venues which have included St John's Smith Square, Notre-Dame de Paris, St Patrick's, New York, Brussels Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, Stephansdom, Vienna and St Peter's, Rome.