Concerts at Leith Hill Place

On 20 May 2017 Leith Hill Place will welcome back musicians from the Royal College of Music for the first of a series of two concerts this season which will be performed in the Terrace Room. This first performance contains works by Vaughan Williams and Debussy, and will be introduced by Dr Natasha Loges.

This evening concert will be introduced by Dr Natasha Loges, head of Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music. As a song accompanist, Dr Loges has performed in various venues overseas and in the UK including St John’s, Smith Square, London, the Holywell Music Rooms, Oxford and most recently the Bangalore School of Music, India. As a speaker, she gives regular talks for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Music Talks and BBC Radio 3 

The evening's programme will comprise Vaughan Williams' On Wenlock Edge for tenor, piano and string quartet; and String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy and will be performed by Joel Williams (tenor), Natasha Loges (piano), and the Bach String Quartet: Emmanuel Bach & Gabriella Jones (violins), Henrietta Hill (viola), Joe Davies (cello).

Joel Williams is a tenor on the Masters course at the Royal College of Music.  He spent much of his youth as a boy-treble in Europe's opera houses, in roles ranging from one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben to Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a concert soloist he has performed a broad range of repertoire including Verdi's Otello (Roderigo), Haydn's Creation, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings.  On stage, he has played Tamino The Magic Flute, the Mayor Albert Herring, and Count Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera.  Joel will join the Opera Holland Park Young Artist Scheme this summer to sing Don Ottavio Don Giovanni. 

The Bach Quartet is a newly formed quartet, by musicians from the Royal College of Music and Guildhall, whose members have performed at major venues in the UK, Europe and the USA. Alongside traditional quartet works, they share a passion for more unusual 20th-century and contemporary repertoire. They have been coached by distinguished musicians, including James Boyd, Melissa Phelps, Simon Lepper and Catherine Manson.

This intimate concert will take place in The Terrace Room at Leith Hill Place, where Ralph Vaughan Williams grew up and was taught music by his Aunt Sophie.

Tickets for the evening will include interval refreshments and are available from Leith Hill Place on 01306 711685 or leithhillplace@nationaltrust.org.uk.