Sun, 04 Nov


St John's Smith Square

Echoes of a Distant Land, chamber recital with the Marsyas Trio and soprano Jessica Summers

Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel and Hilary Tann

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Echoes of a Distant Land, chamber recital with the Marsyas Trio and soprano Jessica Summers

Time & Location

04 Nov 2018, 19:00

St John's Smith Square, Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HA, UK

About The Event

Marsyas Trio

Helen Vidovich flute

Val Welbanks cello

Olga Stezhko piano

Jessica Summers soprano


Haydn Trio No. 30 in F Hob.XV/17

Haydn Welsh Songs for voice and piano trio

Hilary Tann Llef for flute and cello

Ravel Chansons madécasses for voice, flute, cello and piano

Hilary Tann In the Theatre of Air for flute, cello and piano

Beethoven 26 Welsh Songs WoO.155 for voice & piano trio

This programme presents music inspired by distant countries; commissioned to write works reflecting countries they had never visited, Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel aptly captured the spirit of those faraway lands in these rarely heard vocal works, whilst Hilary Tann’s music remains spiritually and deeply connected to her native Wales from her current residence in the United States. A close connection with poetry permeates throughout the programme.

Ravel’s Madagascan songs touch upon the senses with their raw beauty, evoking the spirit of that exotic land. Beethoven, likewise, never visited the British Isles but his Welsh songs travelled via smugglers during to the Napoleonic wars. Haydn’s chamber trio was written to satisfy an English public he was yet to meet, whereas his Welsh song settings followed his subsequent English visits. As part of an 18th-century movement to collect folk songs, the best composers of the day were called upon, and Haydn was the first ‘continental’ composer to be commissioned for these collections.


Sun 4 November - 3.00pm

£16 (£10), YF

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