St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Jenni Harper – soprano, Martin Ford – piano

Tuesday, 8 May at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Jenni Harper – soprano, Martin Ford – pianoJenni Harper – soprano, Martin Ford – piano

R Strauss

An die Nacht

G Fauré

Soir

Clair de lune

R Strauss

Säusle liebe Myrthe

G Fauré

En sourdine

R Hahn

Á Chloris

R Strauss

Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden

Als mir dein Lied erklang

G Fauré

Après un rêve

Aurore

R Hahn

Le Printemps

R Strauss

Amor

Morgen

Jenni Harper completed the Artist Master's course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2015, for which she was awarded a Distinction. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studies singing with Kate Paterson. Jenni recently performed the roles of Euridice, La Musica and Speranza for Brighton Early Music Festival's production of Monteverdi's Orfeo.  She played Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea with Hampstead Garden Opera last May.

Concert highlights in Autumn 2017 included singing the Soprano solos for Handel's Messiah with Dover Choral Society; Mozart's Vesperae de Dominica and Haydn's Nelson Mass with the London Pro Arte Choir and Bach's Weinachtsoratorium with the Croydon Bach Choir and Eclectic Voices.

Jenni is a founder member of the ensemble Ceruleo, with whom she performs solos and duets interwoven with spoken texts to create innovative dramatic performances. Ceruleo were selected for the Young Artist Scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival 2015-16 and have performed as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square and at the Accademia Ricercare Antiqua Festival in Italy as well as singing live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. They created an immersive operatic experience, 'The Rival Queens' with Thomas Guthrie for Handel and Hendrix in London, which they premiered in July 2017 and reprised in April 2018. Their latest project is the Arts Council funded 'Burying the Dead', a concert/play based on the life of Henry Purcell, which they will tour around several UK festivals in 2018-19.

Martin Ford is the Organist and Director of Music at The Guards' Chapel, Birdcage Walk, where he directs the twelve-voice professional choir. His wide-ranging freelance career encompasses a variety of work as an organist, piano accompanist, choral director and teacher.

Martin read music at Oxford University, graduating with a first-class degree in 2008, before continuing his studies on the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music. He has held organ scholarships at Southwark Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford, and the position of Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Fields (2009-2011) and Westminster Abbey (2012-2015). He has given solo recitals in venues including St Paul's Cathedral and the church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, as well as accompanying numerous broadcasts on BBC radio and television. Particular highlights include playing for the service of celebration marking the 60th anniversary of the coronation at Westminster Abbey, attended by Her Majesty the Queen, and broadcast live on television, as well as accompanying the choir of Westminster Abbey in appearances as part of David Starkey's BBC documentary Music and Monarchy.
As a piano accompanist, Martin appears regularly in recitals with a variety of solo singers, as well as playing for larger ensembles, including the Vasari Singers. His discography includes a release of Christmas music with the Vasari Singers on the Naxos label, and two discs with the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford for Harmonia Mundi.

Jenni Harper completed the Artist Master's course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2015, and studies with Kate Paterson. Recent performances include Euridice, La Musica and Speranza in Monteverdi's Orfeo, alongside solos in Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Bach's Weinachtsoratorium. Jenni is a founder member of the ensemble Ceruleo.

Martin Ford is a freelance organist, choral director and piano accompanist. He is currently the Organist and Director of Music at The Royal Military Chapel (The Guards' Chapel), prior to which he spent four years as Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey.