French Song Exchange Masterclass

Dame Felicity Lott soprano
Sebastian Wybrew piano

The French Song Exchange has been devised by François le Roux and Dame Felicity Lott, with Wigmore Hall’s Director John Gilhooly. Young singers from the UK and France are selected by audition to receive coaching over a number of months aimed to further their knowledge and appreciation of French song. For this masterclass, hosted by Dame Felicity Lott, the singers were asked to prepare one song by Fauré and another song of their choice.

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Part 1

Kirsty McLean soprano

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
C'est l'extase from 5 mélodies 'de Venise' Op. 58

Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)
Les papillons

Laurence Kilsby tenor

Gabriel Fauré
La lune blanche luit dans les bois from La bonne chanson Op. 61

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Le tombeau from Poèmes de Ronsard

Caroline Taylor soprano

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Clair de lune Op. 46 No. 2

Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
No. 5 Les hiboux from Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire Op. 45


Part 2

Olivia Boen soprano

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Toujours! from Poème d’un jour Op. 21

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Recueillement from 5 poèmes de Baudelaire

Louise Fuller soprano

Gabriel Fauré
Soir Op. 83 No. 2

Claude Debussy
De rêve from Proses lyriques

Stephanie Wake-Edwards mezzo-soprano

Gabriel Fauré
Les berceaux Op. 23 No. 1

Henri Dutilleux (1906-2013)
Fantasio