City Music Foundation returns to The Wallace Collection for its third Summer Residency (23rd – 27th July).
2018 marks the 200th birthday of Sir Richard Wallace, whose widow, Lady Wallace, bequeathed the art collection and gallery (Hertford House) to the nation in 1897. Sir Richard was a prolific philanthropist who supported both the Arts and humanitarian causes throughout his life, as well as serving as an MP for Lisburn, Northern Ireland (1873-1885).
Wallace spent the majority of his life in Paris, including during the turbulent years between the fall of the Second Empire (1870) and the establishment of the Third Republic (1871); he was determined to stay and help his fellow Parisians. He is estimated to have contributed as much as 2.5 million francs (1870) to the needy during this time. For his efforts, he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, the highest French honour for military and civil merits.
In 1871 Wallace inherited his father’s unentailed estates and extensive collection of European art, which he later expanded. He also redeveloped Hertford House, creating a range of galleries on the first floor, laying the ground for the public art gallery it is today.
This series will include five lunchtime concerts, each of which will feature music that reflects Wallace’s life and times.
All concerts are free and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
MONDAY 23rd JULY
Eblana String Trio
Beethoven – String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3
Moeran – String Trio in G major
TUESDAY 24th JULY
Gwenllian Llyr (harp)
Gabriel Pierné – Impromptu Caprice Op.9
Claude Debussy – Rêverie
André Caplet – Divertissements
Henriette Renie – Danse des Lutins
Alexander Scriabin – Prelude and Nocturne for the left hand Op.9
Franz Liszt – Un Sospiro
Elias Parish Alvars – Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo
WEDNESDAY 25th JULY
Abner Jairo Ortiz Garcia (cello)
Maksim Štšura (piano)
Programme to be announced.
THURSDAY 26th JULY
Rokas Valuntonis (piano)
Chopin – Mazurkas Op. 7 and Ballades Nos. 1 & 2
Debussy – Images Book 1
Gounod-F. Liszt – Waltz from opera “Faust”
FRIDAY 27th JULY
Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)
Joe Havlat (piano)
Songs and arias by Thomas, Gounod, Massenet, Fauré, Duparc, Debussy and Ravel