Natasha Page soprano
Emma Roberts soprano
Jessica Cale soprano
Michael Bell tenor
Edward Jowle bass-baritone
James Atkinson baritone
Stanford To the soul
Stanford La Belle Dame sans merci
Clarke The Seal Man
Clarke The Cloths of Heaven
Howells Come sing and dance
Howells (Words by Christina Rossetti) Mother, Shake the Cherry Tree
Howells (Words by Christina Rossetti) Eight O' Clock, The Postman's Knock
Howells (Words by Christina Rossetti) The Days are Clear
Dring Take, O, Take Those Lips Away
Dring Crabbed Age and Youth
Mark-Anthony Turnage 3 Songs
Charlotte Bray Farewell
Charlotte Bray Old Tales
RCM alumni composers feature in this film showcasing the rich talents of RCM singers performing a suite of moving songs.
A programme of 11 works by six Irish and British composers is the basis for this film featuring talented students from the Vocal & Opera Faculty.
The first pair of songs establish Stanford’s particular skill with choral composition. To the soul and La Belle Dame sans merci are settings of poetic works by Whitman and Keats. Similarly, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s 3 Songs take classic texts by Walt Whitman, Stevie Smith and Thomas Hardy and propel them into pieces that demonstrate the composer’s natural affinity for voice.
Clarke, one of the first female orchestral players, brought her impressionistic style to the striking songs she wrote for piano and voice. Her moving works sit here alongside works by Howells influenced by Anglican church music. The programme concludes with poetic song cycles by Madeleine Dring and Charlotte Bray on themes of love, heartache and renewal.
In Focus is an RCM initiative to share unique areas of music-making at the College with our audiences. Designed to be watched online, our immersive films offer viewers the chance to experience the warmth, intimacy and richness of chamber music, wherever they are.
Filmed across our state-of-the-art venues, roving cameras offer audiences a unique perspective on our musicians’ technique and on-stage communication during the performance. There will also be the opportunity to hear more about the music direct from the performers and to discover the intriguing stories behind the programmes through the range of artefacts, instruments and paintings held in the RCM’s treasured collections.
How to watch
This event will be broadcast as a YouTube and Facebook Premiere. Join us online for live chat and to watch with audiences all over the world. If you can’t make it for the premiere event you can catch-up in your own time; the video will be available to watch on-demand afterwards.
Support the RCM
The RCM’s autumn season is free to watch online, but the College welcomes gifts of every size to its Scholarships Fund, through which talented young musicians can access world-class education, regardless of their financial means. More than 50% of RCM students currently receive financial support from the College, but with rising tuition fees and costs of living set against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, your support is more vital than ever.