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Festival: The London Song Festival



Taking place at Hinde Street Methodist Church in the heart of London's bustling West End, The London Song Festival founded by Nigel Foster in 2007 has a mission to 'fly the flag' for Song.

The London Song Festival takes a different theme or themes each year, often using composers' or poets' anniversaries as a starting point. Audiences can expect to hear rarely performed and perhaps unpublished vocal gems presented alongside standard repertoire in unusual and innovative programming. A typical London Song Festival programme might place a Berlioz song next to a Kurt Weill, or Schubert next to Noel Coward in ways that are perhaps unexpected, perhaps unorthodox, but always coherent, interesting and exciting.

The London Song Festival is friendly, warm and welcoming. Refreshments are served during the interval, and audience members are increasingly returning to enjoy the relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere of the concerts.

Detailed programme booklets are a much-loved feature of the London Song Festival. They enable both the novice and the experienced listener to appreciate the songs fully: all the texts are written out in full, translations given where applicable and historical and background information about the composers and poets provided.

A song recital is nothing without the singers. The London Song Festival gives audiences the opportunity to hear both young up-and-coming singers and prize-winners and internationally established artists. Singers who have appeared in the Festival include Yvonne Kenny, Elizabeth Watts, Ashley Riches, Gillian Keith, Jennifer Johnston, Sergei Leiferkus, Roderick Williams, Louise Winter, James Gilchrist, Anna Devin, Nicky Spence, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Robin Tritschler and Ruby Hughes to name but a few.

For full information visit the London Song festival website.