Wednesday 22 January 2020 7:30PM
Cancelled: Graham Johnson Songmakers’ Almanac
Gounod and Mrs Weldon
Due to illness, Neal Davies (bass-baritone) is unable to perform in this evening’s concert. The concert is therefore cancelled and there will be no replacement.
- Ann Murray DBE mezzo-soprano
- Soraya Mafi soprano
- Neal Davies bass-baritone
- Adrian Thompson tenor
- Graham Johnson piano
In the second half of the 19th century, the Paris Commune of 1871 exacted such terror on Parisian citizens that a number of French people came to live in London. One of them was Charles Gounod, who came to England for three years and wrote many songs in English. In his time here, he became caught up with one of the most interesting characters in all Victorian history, Mrs. Georgina Weldon. Graham Johnson continues his Songmakers’ Almanac series with a celebration of Charles Gounod, told through this little known story of Victorian drama and humour.
We are very grateful to Ann Murray DBE for coming out of retirement to take part in this concert. Ann was an integral part of the original Songmakers’ Almanac series, and this evening’s performance marks the completion for her of a project which started many years ago.