St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Rebecca Hardwick – soprano, and Iestyn Evans – piano

Tuesday, 28 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Rebecca Hardwick – soprano, and Iestyn Evans – pianoRebecca Hardwick – soprano, and Iestyn Evans – piano

H Howells

In Green Ways

Under the Greenwood Tree

Wanderer's Night Song

C Debussy

Ariettes Oubliées

Il pleure dans mon coeur

C Debussy

Apparition

H Pfitzner op. 7

Fünf Lieder

Lockung

J Marx

Selige Nacht

Ständchen

A Berg

Vier Lieder op. 2

Schalfen, Schlafen

Schlafen trägt man mich

Nun ich der Riesen Stärksten

Warm die Lüfte

Lulu

Lied der Lulu

R Strauss

Sechs Lieder op. 68, no. 5

Amor

Vier Lieder opus 27, no. 2

Cäcilie

W Mozart

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Ach, ich liebte

Rebecca Hardwick read music at the University of York, before attending the Royal College of Music to complete a Masters in Vocal Performance as an RCM Scholar, generously supported by the Marjorie Tonks award and a Pidem award. Roles at the RCM include The Governess ('The Turn of the Screw', Britten), Semele ('L'Egisto', Cavalli) and Madame Silberklang ('Die Shauspieldirektor', Mozart) in scenes, as well as The Raver in a new opera in association with Tête a Tête ('On False Perspectives', Josephine Stephenson). She recently took part in the Opera Works programme with English National Opera. Rebecca was a Christine Collins Young Artist with Opera Holland Park in 2013, and in 2015 played Una Conversa in Puccini's 'Suor Angelica'. Rebecca also played Victorian in Will Todd's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (Linbury theatre, Royal Opera House). Recent solo performances include Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire' (RCM Amaryllis Fleming concert hall) and Stockhausen 'AM HIMMEL WANDRE ICH' (Germany/UK). Rebecca is also a keen oratorio soloist, recent engagements including Poulenc's 'Gloria' (Grosvenor Chapel) Handel's 'Messiah' (Truro Cathedral; St Mary's Kensington), Elijah (Tiffin School) and Ešenvalds' 'Passion and Resurrection' (Fulham Camerata). Rebecca also sings with the Monteverdi Choir, and was nominated for the Joaninha Award by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. This summer Rebecca played Zerbinetta in Strauss' 'Ariadne auf Naxos' at Berlin Opera Academy. She also sang in the chorus for a staged Messiah with Bergen National Opera and in Stravinsky's 'The Rake's Progress' at the Aix en Provence festival.

Rebecca has an active interest in creating and performing new music. She performs with the Vocal Constructivists, appearing in festivals such as the Deep Minimalism festival at St John's Smith Square, Ideopreneurial Entrophonics II at Trinity College Dublin, and Time Stands Still: Extended Notation at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA. In September this year she spent a week creating music with musicians at the New Music Incubator in Konstancin, Poland, cumulating in concerts in Warsaw and Brussels. Rebecca also sings with the choir of St James Spanish Place.

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.

Rebecca Hardwick studied at the Royal College of Music. She recently took part in the Opera Works programme with English National Opera. Rebecca also sings with the Monteverdi Choir, and the choir of St James' Spanish Place. This summer she played Zerbinetta in Strauss' 'Ariadne auf Naxos' with Berlin Opera Academy.

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.