Free Lunchtime Vocal Recital – Jessica Summers
Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-94) – Three Songs (In Memory of W.B.Yeats)
Raymond Yiu (b.1973) – The Earth And Every Common Sight
György Kurtág (b.1926) – From Játékok (Games)
ii. Prelude and Chorale
iii. Face to Face
iv. Marina Tsvetayeva: It’s Time
Richard Causton (b.1971) – Poems Almost of This World
ii.On The Frontier
iv. Farewell Poem
v. From The Autumn Wastes
John Woolrich (b.1954) – A Singing Sky
Jessica Summers Soprano
Jelena Makarova Piano
Soprano Jessica Summers has performed throughout the UK both on stage and as a recitalist. Her wide repertoire ranges from Hildegard von Bingen to Sir Harrison Birtwistle and has taken her to venues as diverse as HMP Wandsworth and the Royal Albert Hall. Opera roles include: Kitchen Boy in Dvorák’s Rusalka (English Touring Opera); Papagena in The (Little) Magic Flute (English Touring Opera); Miranda in McNeff’s The Gentle Giant (ROH/Linbury Studio); La Sirena in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero (St John Smith Square); Narrator in The Selfish Giant (Opera North Education) and Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls with Pimlico Opera/inmates of Wandsworth Prison. She has performed in a wide range of concerts including the Young Artists Recital Series at the Blackheath Halls, Asylum Monologues with Juliet Stevenson at the National Portrait Gallery and Young Vic, Triptych in the Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum and several concerts with early music ensemble Mediva. She has given many recitals, performing mainly lieder and twentieth century repertoire and has considerable experience as an oratorio soloist.
Jessica studied contemporary performance on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh, directed by Oliver Knussen and at the Dartington Summer School. She has also sung in several masterclasses with Jane Manning and in 2010 participated in workshops with Annabel Arden/Complicite on the music/theatre of Georges Aperghis. New music performances include Birtwistle’s Ring A Dumb Carillon, Berio’s Laborintus II (soloist 1), Richard Causton’s Poems Almost of this World, George Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter, Michael Finnissy’s Beuk O’Neucassel Sangs and performances at the Aldeburgh, Brighton, Colourscape, Hoxton, King’s Lynn and York Late Music Festivals.
Jelena Makarova is a Russian born Lithuanian pianist. She started playing piano at the age of five and began her training as a pianist at the State School of Art’s for gifted children, Lithuania. She then continued her studies at the Lithuanian Music Academy. During her studies Jelena won 1st prize at the National Competition for Young Pianists. She graduated in 2000 with a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Piano Teaching and Accompaniment with all-round Distinctions.
Jelena then moved to the UK and was accepted to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She studied piano with C. Stone and chamber music with N.Eimer and M.Dussek. During her studies Jelena was nominated by the Academy and performed music by G.Kurtag at the public master class with the French pianist Pierre Laurent -Aimard. Jelena also performed at the prestigious G.Kurtag’s music festival ‘Games, Signs and Messages’. In 2005 Jelena graduated from the Academy and obtained her Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Piano Performance.
Jelena now has established a career as a performer, chamber musician and piano teacher. She appeared in recitals and festivals in the UK, Russia, Sweden and Lithuania.
FREE Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, suggested donation £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s
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