Sunday 27 June 2021 7:30PM

Ema Nikolovska mezzo-soprano; Joseph Middleton piano

Bonds, Danika Lorèn, Judith Weir and more


Download the PDF programme here and song sheet/translations here. Reproduction and distribution is strictly prohibited.


  • Ema Nikolovska mezzo-soprano
  • Joseph Middleton piano

Ema Nikolovska and Joseph Middleton’s typically wide-ranging programme draws on themes of the seasons and gardens and features songs by African-American composers and poets. Miss Wheatley’s Garden is named for America’s first black poet Phillis Wheatley who is said to have been born in Senegal and brought to America at the age of 7 or 8, where she became the slave of John and Susanna Wheatley of Boston in 1781. She was taught to read and write by the Wheatley’s daughter, Mary. Danika Lorèn premiered her first song cycle, based on Lorna Crozier's infamous poetry cycle The Sex Lives of Vegetables, in 2016; Crozier was inspired to write The Sex Lives of Vegetables while baking a sweet potato, when the vegetable split, exposing a sensuous orange flesh.

  • Judith Weir (b.1954)
      • Songs from the Exotic
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
      • Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister Op. 98a
  • Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
      • Tel jour, telle nuit
  • Rosephanye Powell (b.1962)
      • Miss Wheatley's Garden
        • A winter twilight
  • Swanson (1907-1978)
      • Night Song
  • Smith (1925-2009)
      • March Moon
  • Bonds (1913-1972)
      • Songs of the Seasons
  • Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
      • Du bist wie eine Blume
      • Liebesfrühling
      • Mörike Lieder
        • Zitronenfalter im April
        • Der Gärtner
  • Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
      • Catalogue de Fleurs Op. 60
  • Danika Lorèn
      • The Sex Lives of Vegetables
  • Encore
  • Errollyn Wallen (b.1958)
      • About Here

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