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Lunchtime Concert Series Monday 8 August, 2011 1.00pm

Concordia Foundation Series

Lise Christensen (Mezzo Soprano) Charlotte Forrest (Piano)

Suggested donation ÂŁ3.50

St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ Tel: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org


Programme Junge Lieder I/Meine Liebe ist grün (Songs of youth) op 63 Johannes Brahms Words by Felix Schumman Heimweh II/ O wüsst’ ich doch den Weg (Homesickness) op 43 Johannes Brahms Words by Klaus Groth Von Ewiger Liebe (of Eternal Love) Words by Josef Wenzig

Johannes Brahms

Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) 1. Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht 2. Ging heut Morgen über’s Feld 3. Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer 4. Die zwei Blauen Augen Gustav Mahler Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte (The Tryst) op 37 Words by Johan Ludvig Runeberg

Jean Sibelius

Var det en Dröm (Was it a Dream) Words by Josef Julius Wecksell I Seraillets have (In the Harem Garden) op 4 Solnedgang (Sunset)

Jean Sibelius

Carl Nielsen

Words by I.P Jacobsen

If you are unable to stay for the whole of the concert please leave during the applause. Smoking and the consumption of food and drink are not allowed in this church. Members of the audience are kindly requested to switch off mobile phones and alarms on digital watches. Photography, audio or video recording are not permitted.


The Performers Lise Christensen Born in Denmark, Lise Christensen first studied History and Music at The University of Copenhagen and subsequently singing at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her studies at The National Opera Studio, supported by The Friends of Covent Garden, a Jean Dunlop Bursary and the Sybil Tutton Charitable Trust. Lise is also a Samling Scholar and has taken part in masterclasses with Felicity Palmer, Sarah Walker, Sarah Connolly, Graham Johnson and Malcolm Martineau. Whilst at the GSMD, Lise won the Schubert Prize, The Crompton Lieder Award and The Philharmonia Chorus’ Prize as well as singing Aristeo in Rossi’s Orfeo at St John’s Smith Square. Lise’s professional engagements include the roles of Gertrude Hänsel und Gretel for Iford Arts, Hippolyta A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro for English Touring Opera and cover for Scottish opera, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for London Lyric Opera/The RPO and for Scottish Opera on Tour, Harpie of War and She in Scottish Opera’s FIVE:15 2009, Olivia and Rosanna in Scottish Opera’s FIVE:15 2008 , Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro (cover) for Welsh National Opera, the title role in Carmen for Mid Wales Opera, Dorabella for GSMD, Garden Opera and London Opera Players, Francesca Zambello’s production of The Little Prince for BBC Wales, Dejanira Hercules (cover) at The Buxton Festival, Meg Page Falstaff for Stanley Hall Opera and Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor for New Sussex Opera. As an oratorio and concert soloist, Lise’s concert performances include Vaughan Williams A serenade to Music at Queen Elisabeth Hall under John Wilson, Beethoven Choral Symphony with The Manchester Camerata in Bridgewater Hall, Verdi Requiem in Truro Cathedral, Rossini Stabat Mater in The Brangwyn Hall and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with The Philharmonia Chorus. Charlotte Forrest Charlotte Forrest grew up in Somerset and read music at the University of Edinburgh. She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson, before joining the National Opera Studio as Leonard Hancock Scholar, and continues to study privately with Charles Owen. Previous performances include St Martin-in-the-fields, the Forge and the Bath Pump Rooms, and at the Saffron Walden and Gower Festivals for the Countess of Munster Trust. Winner of the Concordia Foundation Serena Nevill Prize she made her Wigmore Hall debut on April 18th, 2011 in the Concordia Founders Prize series. She is a 2011 Kirckman Concert Society Artist and will perform at the Wigmore Hall with Elena Xanthoudakis later in the 2011. She is a regular pianist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, and is a visiting member of music staff at Opera North, ENO, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Buxton Festival, Riverside Opera and Iford Festival, and she performs abroad and around the UK with London Festival Opera.

The CONCORDIA FOUNDATION was established in 1994 and became a registered charity in 1995 with Yehudi Menuhin as its patron. Founded by Gillian Humphreys, international soprano out of her real concern that it is important to build bridges of friendship and excellence through Music and the Arts. www.concordiafoundation.com

St Martin-in-the-Fields has welcomed talented musicians to this central London platform for over 50 years - from highly acclaimed young soloists, to choirs from all over the world; from promising new ensembles, to established professionals. This tradition is supported by the generosity of our performers as well as our audiences. Whilst these concerts are free to all, for those able to give, a suggested donation of £3.50 would be greatly appreciated to help fund all aspects of the work at St Martin’s.


Tuesday 9 August, 1.00pm Royal Over-Seas League Series Mahler - Kindertotenlieder Vaughan Williams - Songs of Travel Abraham Singer Bass Baritone, Timothy End Piano Tuesday 9 August, 7.30pm Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Martinü – Sextet Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht op 4 Dvořák – Sextet in A op 48 Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Tickets: £18 £15 £10 Thursday 11 August, 7.30pm Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Candlelight Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 3 Pachelbel – Canon Vivaldi – ‘Spring’ from Four Seasons Vivaldi - Sinfonia ‘Alla Rustica’ Purcell – Chacony Bach – Air ‘on the G String’ Handel – ‘Air’ from Water Music Purcell – Fairy Queen Suite Mozart – Eine Kleine Nacthmusik Belmont Ensemble of London, Peter G Dyson Conductor Tickets: £22 £18 £14 £10 £8 Friday 12 August, 1.00pm Lunchtime Concert Smetana – Two Pieces From my Homeland Dvořák – Romantic Pieces op 75 Grieg – Violin Sonata No 2 in G Michael Trainor Violin, Lynn Carter Piano

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Lunchtime Concert Programme Monday 8 August 2011