may, 2019

19may4:45 pmHelen CharlstonSound Unbound

Event Details

City Music Foundation is partnering with Barbican and Culture Mile for Sound Unbound, a free music festival taking place in the City of London Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 May 2019. This weekend-long classical music festival will explore unexpected spaces across Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north-west of the Square Mile, celebrating fantastic music alongside the history and heritage of the area.

Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) presents ‘Listen, Lovers!’ with lutenist Toby Carr at St Bartholomew the Less.

About the programme: They may be 400 years old, but the solo vocal works (a voce sola) of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) and Barbara Strozzi (1619-77) offer an intensity and emotional breadth worthy of modern opera. Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston (winner of the 2018 Handel Singing Competition) and lutenist Toby Carr pair these two great Italian composers in a programme centered on Strozzi’s lovelorn cantata L’Eraclito Amoroso and Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna, the only surviving fragment of his 1608 opera, L’Arianna. Alongside these Italian gems, their programme includes Henry Purcell’s desolate song O Solitude and the world premiere of a new work for mezzo-soprano and lute by Owain Park.


(Sunday) 4:45 pm


St Bartholomew the Less

57A West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS

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