Sir Arthur Bliss International Song Series

8College Music benefits greatly from the frequent involvement of professional musicians, many of whom come to the college under the auspices of the Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series to work with students and to give recitals. Highlights have included concerts from such luminaries as Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Carolyn Sampson, Joan Rodgers, Mark Padmore and Wolfgang Holzmair all with Pembroke’s College Musician, pianist Joseph Middleton.

Forthcoming  Recital

Nicky Spence – tenor

Joseph Middleton – piano

26th November, 11am
The Old Library, Pembroke College Cambridge

“As you like it” – Shakespeare Settings by: Schubert, Quilter, Britten, Poulenc, Chausson, Purcell, Tippett, Haydn, Wolf, Argento and Dankworth.Nspence

We are thrilled to welcome to Pembroke College Nicky Spence, described in The Times as “one of our brightest young tenors”, to perform a recital of Shakespeare settings. He has already appeared in leading roles at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Oper Frankfurt, ENO, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. He has an impressive and growing discography, and Gramophone Magazine recently wrote of his CD of Strauss Songs: “Nicky Spence is superb. The voice has recently grown to encompass more heroic roles and we hear that in this selection, in the bright, lively tone and ringing top… He deals heroically with Strauss’s more outrageous demands and, perhaps most importantly, he has just the right interpretative keenness and enthusiasm to put a persuasive case for everything he sings here.” As a recitalist he is a regular at London’s Wigmore Hall, on BBC Radio 3, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Zurich’s Tonhalle. He will be joined by regular duo partner Joseph Middleton, Pembroke’s College Musician, recently described in The New York Times as ‘the perfect accompanist” and winner of the Young Artist Award at the coveted Royal Philharmonic Society Awards – the highest recognition for live classical music making in the UK.

Tickets: £12, £8 college members, £5 students

Available from the Porter’s Lodge or on the door

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