St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Samantha Crawford – soprano, Gavin Roberts – piano

Friday, 16 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Samantha Crawford – soprano, Gavin Roberts – pianoSamantha Crawford – soprano, Gavin Roberts – piano

S Barber

A green lowland of pianos

H Parry

My heart is like a singing bird

R Quilter

Love's Philosophy

R Strauss

Vier Letzte Lieder

Frühling

September

Beim Schlafengehen

Im Abendrot

British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford has recently gained acclaim for her performances in opera, as a singer 'whose fine-cut soprano brought singing of class,' (Opera Magazine), 'leading a strong, vividly characterised cast,' (The Times) and bringing 'a most complete portrayal,' to her roles (Financial Times).

Equally at home on stage singing in opera, concert or recital, Samantha has performed extensively across the UK and Europe at Glyndebourne, Bayreuther Festspiele, Teatro Real Madrid, the Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, the Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Vienna.

Her recent roles have included Agathe in Der Freischütz, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, title role in Suor Angelica, Musetta in La bohème, Micaëla in Carmen, Frau Fluth in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Dido in Dido and Aeneas.

Samantha was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition and the NSW Wagner Society Emerging Singers Award. In 2016 she won First Prize at the Wagner Society Singing Competition. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Distinction. Her performances have been broadcast on live cinema relay in Europe, on television and radio for the BBC and filmed for DVD (Sony).

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Gavin Roberts enjoys a varied career as a piano accompanist. He has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, and is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City, for whom he has devised more than 100 recital programmes. He has appeared at the Cheltenham Festival, Dartington International Festival, the Ludlow Weekend of English Song, the Ryedale Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival.

He has played for the BBC Singers, the Joyful Company of Singers, the Hanover Band, Tiffin Boys' Choir, and as a repetiteur for Sir Roger Norrington and the late Richard Hickox. Gavin has appeared regularly on BBC Radio broadcasts as a soloist and accompanist, often giving premiere performances of new works, and has played on numerous CD recordings. His most recent project is a CD recording of London-themed song commissions for Song in the City.

Gavin studied piano with Andrew West and Eugene Asti at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is now a Professor. He previously read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he also held the organ scholarship. Following this, Gavin gained a Master's degree from King's College London. Gavin is Organist and Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church.

www.gavinroberts.org

www.songinthecity.org

Samantha Crawford was awarded the Golden Medal with Honours at the 2017 Berliner International Music Competition and the NSW Wagner Society Emerging Singers Award. She has performed at Glyndebourne, Bayreuther Festspiele, Teatro Real Madrid, Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall.

http://www.samanthacrawford.com

Gavin Roberts is Artistic Director of the recital series Song in the City, and has partnered singers in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Oxford Lieder Festival. He was the winner of the 2012 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. He is a professor and staff accompanist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

www.gavinroberts.org